PC Modder’s Latest Design Homage to Wright Brothers Monument

Flightline custom Art Deco PC Casemod

One of a kind wood Art Deco PC case uses Gigabyte Thin Mini-ITX motherboard.

PC modder Jeffrey Stephenson has completed a new custom PC case that echoes the Art Deco style of the monument at the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The PC casemod is the latest of dozens that Stephenson, a.k.a. Slipperyskip, has created over the years. He works primarily in wood, creating just 2-3 cases each year, building them in a range of design styles from Mission to Mid-Century Modern. His newest case, Flightline, is in the Art Deco style and, like many of his creations, was inspired by a personal connection.

Flightline PC Casemod interior

Beneath its handcrafted wood case, the Flightline PC casemod has a Gigabyte H77TN Thin Mini-ITX motherboard designed for all-in-one (AIO) desktop computers, an Intel Core i3 processor, 8 GB of memory and 60 GB solid-state drive.

Stephenson’s inspiration for the casemod came from his long-time friend Alfred Poor, grandson of the architect Alfred Easton Poor, who in 1930 designed the massive concrete and granite monument that stands on Kill Devil Hill, where brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright conducted many of their early glider tests.

When Stephenson mentioned that he was thinking about making ‘an art deco wing thingy’ for his next design, Poor immediately thought of the design etched on the Wright Monument, which Poor describes as a “stylized bird’s wing.”

“I had been trying to do a sunburst design for years but it kept coming out looking like a Japanese battle flag,” said Stephenson. “Alfred showed me a photo of his grandfather’s design about a year ago thinking I could use it. I kept it rumbling around in my head.”

When Gigabyte approached Stephenson and asked him to design a new PC case using its Thin Mini-ITX line of all-in-one (AIO) desktop computer motherboards, he saw the opportunity.

“Gigabyte gave me most of the computer equipment including the Intel CPU,” said Stephenson. “I purchased the Intel HTS1155LP heat sink out of my own pocket.”

In addition to the Gigabyte motherboard, Flightline has an Intel Core i3 processor, 8 GB of memory and a 60 GB solid-state drive.

The retro machine age and art deco styled PCs that Stephenson has made, which he doesn’t sell, have made him a celebrity among PC modders, do it yourself hobbyists, Steampunks and Maker Faire fans. What drives him to put in hundreds of hours to create his one of a kind designs is a desire to show that computers can be more visually appealing than the industrial design of most consumers electronics on the market.

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Jeffrey Stephenson’s inspiration for the Flightline PC casemod was the Art Deco style Wright Brothers Memorial in North Carolina, which was designed by his friend’s grandfather, Alfred Easton Poor.

“I build things that are popular in a parallel universe,” said Stephenson. “I don’t care about selling products. I design for the CEO who wants something unusual, something impressive that blends in to a setting. From the very beginning, it’s been about building skills and understanding materials.”

The materials he selected for Flightline served a specific aesthetic purpose.

“I believe the monument is supposed to represent a hybrid bird’s wing (as well as a) sunburst,” said Stephenson. “That is what I really wanted to express. I used the quilted maple for the majority of the piece because it looked to me like (a blend of) feathers and clouds.”

When he saw the finished project, Poor was speechless.

“Jeffrey captured the spirit and art of the original design,” said Poor. “Being a technologist himself, I know my grandfather would have been thrilled to see such a masterful homage to his original work, and would share my admiration for Jeffrey’s craftsmanship and his ability to make utilitarian objects such as computers into works of art.”

PC Modder’s Latest Design Homage to Wright Brothers Monument

Flightline custom Art Deco PC Casemod

One of a kind wood Art Deco PC case uses Gigabyte Thin Mini-ITX motherboard.

PC modder Jeffrey Stephenson has completed a new custom PC case that echoes the Art Deco style of the monument at the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The PC casemod is the latest of dozens that Stephenson, a.k.a. Slipperyskip, has created over the years. He works primarily in wood, creating just 2-3 cases each year, building them in a range of design styles from Mission to Mid-Century Modern. His newest case, Flightline, is in the Art Deco style and, like many of his creations, was inspired by a personal connection.

Flightline PC Casemod interior

Beneath its handcrafted wood case, the Flightline PC casemod has a Gigabyte H77TN Thin Mini-ITX motherboard designed for all-in-one (AIO) desktop computers, an Intel Core i3 processor, 8 GB of memory and 60 GB solid-state drive.

Stephenson’s inspiration for the casemod came from his long-time friend Alfred Poor, grandson of the architect Alfred Easton Poor, who in 1930 designed the massive concrete and granite monument that stands on Kill Devil Hill, where brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright conducted many of their early glider tests.

When Stephenson mentioned that he was thinking about making ‘an art deco wing thingy’ for his next design, Poor immediately thought of the design etched on the Wright Monument, which Poor describes as a “stylized bird’s wing.”

“I had been trying to do a sunburst design for years but it kept coming out looking like a Japanese battle flag,” said Stephenson. “Alfred showed me a photo of his grandfather’s design about a year ago thinking I could use it. I kept it rumbling around in my head.”

When Gigabyte approached Stephenson and asked him to design a new PC case using its Thin Mini-ITX line of all-in-one (AIO) desktop computer motherboards, he saw the opportunity.

“Gigabyte gave me most of the computer equipment including the Intel CPU,” said Stephenson. “I purchased the Intel HTS1155LP heat sink out of my own pocket.”

In addition to the Gigabyte motherboard, Flightline has an Intel Core i3 processor, 8 GB of memory and a 60 GB solid-state drive.

The retro machine age and art deco styled PCs that Stephenson has made, which he doesn’t sell, have made him a celebrity among PC modders, do it yourself hobbyists, Steampunks and Maker Faire fans. What drives him to put in hundreds of hours to create his one of a kind designs is a desire to show that computers can be more visually appealing than the industrial design of most consumers electronics on the market.

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Jeffrey Stephenson’s inspiration for the Flightline PC casemod was the Art Deco style Wright Brothers Memorial in North Carolina, which was designed by his friend’s grandfather, Alfred Easton Poor.

“I build things that are popular in a parallel universe,” said Stephenson. “I don’t care about selling products. I design for the CEO who wants something unusual, something impressive that blends in to a setting. From the very beginning, it’s been about building skills and understanding materials.”

The materials he selected for Flightline served a specific aesthetic purpose.

“I believe the monument is supposed to represent a hybrid bird’s wing (as well as a) sunburst,” said Stephenson. “That is what I really wanted to express. I used the quilted maple for the majority of the piece because it looked to me like (a blend of) feathers and clouds.”

When he saw the finished project, Poor was speechless.

“Jeffrey captured the spirit and art of the original design,” said Poor. “Being a technologist himself, I know my grandfather would have been thrilled to see such a masterful homage to his original work, and would share my admiration for Jeffrey’s craftsmanship and his ability to make utilitarian objects such as computers into works of art.”