|Project by mpounders||posted 01-05-2014 08:59 PM||789 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
My wife has been wanting to replace a floor lamp in our living room for sometime, but she wanted something different. We have always loved antiques and architectural accents and just had not found the exact thing we were looking for. Then Georgia was inspired and had me make these pieces. Our church was originally built with a pipe organ, and these are made from some of the organ pipes. These are probably around 100 years old, and may have originally been used in a movie theater, according to an older church member. The organ had fallen into disrepair and had been replaced many years ago, but the pipes remained in the loft. The church managed to sell part of them to a gentleman in Texas who worked on and restored pipe organs, but we found little interest elsewhere. My wife and I couldn’t just let these get thrown away, so we bought a lot (and there are still some left at the church), hoping to find some decorative or functional use for them. It was fairly easy to convert these to lamps, since they were hollow. I just had to drill a hole in the chamber at the top for the wire, saw off the air tube at the top and add a yoke for the lamp and shade, and add a base for the bottom. I also used a piece of the air tube for the finial on top. They look like the original pipes and we are pleased to save something that is a part of our history.
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com