Hi, I’m Steve and I handcraft unique lighting—industrial-style lamps from iron pipe fittings, and upcycled lamps from often neglected, vintage items. My pipe lamps take the form of recognisable objects, or robotic animals and people. With my vintage lamps, I keep the aesthetics and original use of the item very much in mind, when upcycling and repurposing them.
I started creating unique, quirky indoor lighting in 2017—initially just a few pieces to help light up my partner’s craft stand at events. Being a child of the 1960s, some of the paraphernalia that I recall from my Dad and Granddad’s sheds—paraffin blowtorches, brass Aladdin oil lamps and old, Bakelite valve radios—were now vintage items, often discarded or found languishing at boot fairs. Soon I was salvaging these and making them into stylish lamps.
One day, by chance, I discovered that the iron, galvanised pipe fittings of my youth were still available and, with the trend for industrial and steampunk-style décor, I embarked on designing & making my own range of ‘Pipeman’ character pipe lamps. Although there is only a limited range of sizes and angles of the iron pipe fittings, I do try to convey something of the essence of the particluar character I’m making. I also love to integrate the lamp’s switch somewhere you would not expect. And if the switch isn’t obvious? Then there’s a good chance that the lamp is magical—well, at least touch sensor! Touch any of the metal of the lamp to turn it on. Cool eh?! I do take commissions for both pipe lamps and vintage upcycles, which can be very interesting, challenging and great fun!
If you have any questions about my lamps or would like to chat about a commission, then please get in touch. Very soon you could be the proud owner of a Wacky Lamps creation!