The machinist culture is like some of the variant car and bike cultures. It's full of rich history and countless nuances dating back not in decades like the car guys but centuries till before the industrial revolution. If you want to be creative within that culture and command some respect you really need to have a deep understanding of it all. Respect is needed if you are going to make serious money out of what you create. We see this all the time in creative examples of "automotive art". It's always screamingly obvious when the artist just doesn't get it. Most of the industrial "art" or similar creative interior decorating I see is a sad joke and only serves to illustrate the shortcomings of the artist or owner of the object. There are a whole slew of attempts at recreating blacksmith shops in this category.