The benefit of spending 3½ decades restoring over 47,000 lamps is you develop a knack for what makes quality lighting. This is excactly what I put into each of my one-of-a-kind lamps. Experience, uniqueness, and attention to detail guarantees you a lamp that will last for generations.
Here are a few examples.
The challenge was to create a light that celebrated Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek and the USS Enterprise, using all salvaged and repurposed materials. Starting with a part to an old student oil lamp, the pieces came together over a period of weeks to ultimately create this solid brass accent light. I believe I have boldly gone where no lampsmith has gone before.
For yeara I had this vintage candlepin bowling ball hanging around waiting for inspiration. One night, after reading Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's Le Petit Prince(The Little Prince) to the kiddo, it hit me. It was the cover of the book depicting the Prince standing tall on a tiny planet that inspired the flying saucer on my 'little planet'. The copper collander sprays dots of light on the ceiling and walls like stars in the sky. Of course the Saturn finial and orbiting rocket complete the whole ensemble.
In 2019 I came up with an idea for a World's Fair light based on some old advertisements for a World's Fair themed on "The World of Tomorrow". As I wanted the whole thing under glass, laboratory style, a discarded aniversary clock proved to be the perfect base to enclose my creation. Over several weeks I gathered bits and pieces of salvaged brass, copper, bronze, and nickel to create this magnificent accent light. The socket is a 100 year old, turned brass candelabra based socket. This entire lamp is 100% recycled materials!
Having been raised in an old farmhouse and spending a lot of time in old, dusty barns, I learned to appreciate rough-hewn lumber and early electric components. When enough parts present themselves, I create one-of-a-kind lights with a deep, rustic personality. The knob-and-tube era was an incredibly creative period in early electric history.
The incredible P&S ceiling light used for this creation had so many coats of paint and looked so ugly someone simply threw it away. Fortunately I was nearby to retrieve it. In less than an hour it looked as shown. I also had a very cool rotary wall switch on hand, and together with a piece of wood from a defunct wool spinner this wall sconce came to be.
Various one-of-a-kind lamps made from found materials(except, of course, for the pair of insulator night lights custom made for a client).
A graceful desk lamp created from all salvaged materials. This delicate looking yet very sturdy lamp features a night-light in the base behind natural mica windows!
An incredible heavy-duty ceramic mogul socket from General Electric became the center of this unusual desk lamp. All the materials used to make this lamp were found in various scrap piles sorted in the triage area of my studio. Walnut, brass, bronze, nickel, cast iron, glass, and ceramic.
An assortment of custom made lamps created with salvaged and new parts. The hand-holding-a-torch wall sconce was a Victorian bath towel holder whose ring was missing, but I thought it would make a better wall sconce.
A completely random light I call
"Will The Last Human Turn Out The Lights".
Various brass finds with an 1896 ceramic socket under a glass dome. Everything used to make this lamp is salvaged materials.
Hands down my favorite light I ever made. This is Honeywell Mark II balancing on their new legs. Mark I was not alltogether a failure, but their body was not condusive to balancing or motion. Mark II is showing that a new torso and flexible legs allow for a much more natural, somewhat relaxed stance and therefor better balance.
99% recycled materials used to create Honeywell Mark II.