Successfully spinning a creative side project into a lucrative business is never easy, mostly because it requires a ton of time to teach cats how to juggle. Finally turning his side gig into
a cat circus! illumination for your crib, John Atwater Lighting.
The moonlighting creative outlet/ longtime hobby of a local on-air TV reporter/ anchor whose fascination with electricity was "sparked" by his electrical engineer dad, JAL's a rugged collection of artistic industrial sculptures/lamps made from repurposed black iron pipe and accompanying fittings, sockets, flanges, and nipples -- so expect your friends to snigger at the light when it gets cold out. Recently unveiled work includes a desk lamp constructed w/ multiple malleable iron elbow fittings and a single low-voltage halogen bulb; a tall triangle-based floor lamp with three showerhead-esque lights set at varying heights; and a table sculpture with galvanized flange feet and three twisted arms, also the name of a History Channel show that focuses on really weird guns. For illuminating your mahogany-rich 18th-century study, there's also a series of multi-candled candelabras crafted from both new and repurposed pipe that features between two and six holders, presumably depending on the comfort level of the pipe.
In the future, JA doesn't plan to stop at halogens and has begun crafting similar chandeliers/lamps that employ filament bulbs that're old-school, just like all the damn talent coordinators at Barnum and Bailey, who clearly don't recognize the burgeoning star power of Not Too Tabby.
Published: February 14, 2011 at 4:00am EST
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