Rudy Kouhoupt was fond of using found objects as the basis for some of his projects. In this example, he used a brass vase from an antique store as the frame for a coke bottle style steam engine. Having a cylinder bore of 7/8”, and a piston stroke of 1-1/4”, this ornate double-acting steam engine is both attractive and powerful.

All parts were fabricated, except the frame of the engine, which Rudy machined from a cast brass bud vase. It took some interesting milling machine work to make the engine from a vase!

Exhibit added: November 25, 2023 - Last modified: January 29, 2024

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship