Saturday, April 25, 2009

paisley shadows & polished metal (lighting)

lamps , that's a good place to start... i seriously started making lamps in 2002 , but, it wasn't until the next year that they really started to gel / i had been trying many shade designs and then i started using perforated metals ! the first few lamps had shades of stainless steel and I really liked the effect but something was missing / soon enough , i started mixing things up and making some pretty interesting shades in a number of sizes

after a while , i came up with the idea that using two pieces of perforated steel a inch apart would make really good shadows (but only with a clear bulb) / and this is an idea that i used to make a lot of lamps for a number of years / some were sold locally at b.i.c.a.s. art auctions and some at retail locations and a few on the web


nickle plated table lamp

this lamp is made of an automobile / motorcycle / & bicycle gear & parts, for the base / bicycle tubing and ceiling panel vents , all of the parts are then cleaned and or polished and plated welded and assembled

this lamp is on display in the gallery at BICAS

( 44 W. 6th St. tucson, Az. )

this base includes a bicycle drum brake hub with bearings in the spoke holes for decoration

industrial pulley base
industrial gear / bicycle tubing / bicycle headset cup

side view of shade

industrial gears / bicycle tubing / headset cup


recently (2009) , i've been making sconces out of u-locks this all came about when i started to get a steady supply of them and i thought i could come up with some interesting art deco looking designs / a friend said that he wanted some indoor and outdoor wall sconces and asked if i had any good ideas , and after a few days i came up with the what became the following photos

this view lets you get a look at the piece when it's daytime / this piece is made from u-locks , cut so that they are staggered and angle out as they rise up / behind the u-locks i did what i call parts collage / this is random bicycle parts welded in ways to fill some of the space and it creates some nice shadows as well / the light from the indoor sconce is directed upward

this is what it looks like with a clear bulb

owner prefers blue compact florescent

this is the outdoor version / a little more subtle and not angled / backing the u-locks are flattened fenders with a curved gear in between / the light from the outdoor sconce is directed downward


~thanks for checking out my site~


  1. Beautiful work. I've seen a lot of bike art but yours is the best.

  2. We are the proud owners of your silver lock fish. It looks fantastic in our living room! A real classy piece!

  3. Brother -I am very impressed & will be sharing your blog sight with many! Great pieces I have never seen before. Keep up the fantastic work!! I am proud to say I own a few of your creations!!

  4. I absolutely LOVE the frame made out of spokes. And cut diagonally- how cool! Also, delighted to know you are still alive and well-
    ROSE in Pennylvania

  5. Wonderful pieces. You need to put these on
    Really easy and cheap too. If you want me to help you create a website that folks can buy from let me know. GoDaddy is easy.
    Love your work. Share it with others all over the world.

  6. wow! thanks for another great blog post!
    Customized application development

  7. I really enjoyed seeing your work with bicycles... you make great art.

    I do something similar up here in Canada.
    If you like, see