Obtainium Works


Obtainium Works is the home base of the Hibernian Academy of UnNatural Sciences, based in Vallejo, California. Located in downtown Vallejo, it is an on-going Do It Yourself (DIY) group of tinkerers, gearheads, and steam bohemians who fabricate steam-powered art out of repurposed industrial detritus. We are loosely based on the works of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and other Victorian-era writers who created an imaginary world where steam technology was considered cutting edge and brave explorers could be propelled by gun powder to the moon!

Hibernian Empire in Vallejo


A once peaceful and dignified warehouse through no fault of its own, it has become OBTAINIUM WORKS, so named because of the recycled nature of its products and occupants. It is the base of operations for projects such as the Obtainium Cup Contraptor’s Rally, a pedal-powered race on Mare Island in July; the Haul-O-Ween Murder Mystery in October, and the Mad Hatter Holiday Festival & Parade in December. Known for its art cars at Burning Man including the Neverwas Haul (seen in photo at left), the Mad Hatter Teapot, the Queen of Hearts motorized skirt, and the Mechanical Horse as well as robots for robot wars, sculptures and art for patrons. The Neverwas Haul has been the location for a number of weddings and is available for rent for a variety of events.

2012 Mad Hatter Holiday Festival

Obtainium Works is also the secret home of the Vallejo Mad Hatter Holiday Festival. Usually Happening right about December, this gathering of wacky vehicles cruising through downtown is a big hit! Each year, we add another “Alice in Wonderland”-themed contraption to fit with the theme.

The Hibernian Steam Empire

The Hibernian Empire is a steampunk revisionist reality created by Shannon O’Hare, loosely based on Ireland and using the Roman name for the Emerald Isle as the “land of hibernation”. In this fantasy world, due to events that did not happen, and other events that did happen, Ireland ends up being a world power and is now in the 21st Century, exploring with steam-powered vehicles as did the British in the 1800?s. Thus, “the future, from the past, that would be today…but Never Was”.

any item, found or obtained for free.

Materials used to create art work such as assemblage, mixed media or sculpture that wasn’t bought new, but obtained in other ways, such as second-hand, dumpster diving, chance findings or donations.

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