Wednesday, July 28, 2010

House on Wheels: The Neverwas Haul

The Neverwas Haul is an imposing 3-storey Victorian House on wheels, which recently returned from a self-propelled trip around the world. The Neverwas is the brainchild of the Academy of Unnatural Sciences in Berkeley, California, a self-described "do-it-yourself group of tinkerers, gearheads, and steam bohemians who fabricate steam-powered art pieces out of repurposed industrial detritus." Inspired by the Victorian era and writers like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne (the Neverwas' Camera Obscura is a prime example of this) the group initially built the Neverwas Haul as a way to discover the Black Rock Desert, where they visited in 2006 and 2007 during the Burning Man Festival.

Photo courtesy of Neverwas Haul

According to the Society's website, the Haul, which is built on the base of a 5th wheel travel trailer, is 24 feet high and 24 feet long with a width of about 12 feet and is built out of 75% recycled materials. The Hull's Camera Obscura is built on the structure's turret and provides the opportunity for a great view by projecting a series of lenses on a concave screen.

Photo courtesy of Neverwas Haul

Anyone wishing to be involved with the Neverwas Haul or other Academy endeavors can contact master carpenter and project lead Shannon O'Hare ( for more information. The group most often meets at the Shipyard Labs on Sunday afternoons. The Haul is also often kept at the Shipyard and is rented out by the Academy for events like weddings.

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