1st Pump Organ Project

December 21st, 2008 in blog, member junk     
saclark saclark, member
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My brother & sister-in-law had an old pump organ that they didn't want anymore. They tried to sell it, then tried to give it away. No one wanted it. They were about to take it out to the burn pile when I found out about it. Needless to say I hauled it home the next day. My hubby took the whole thing apart one day when I was gone. While looking through all of the fun parts, I found some hand writing in very light pencil on the top of the keys. It said "C. G. Greene 1878". I wondered if we shouldn't try to put it back together! Anyway, this is the first project I made from it's parts. I took half of the keyboard and a board from the inside of the organ that had this label on it. Added a couple black glass knobs to cover some holes and made a wall hanging. My inspiration for this was Cynthia (Chovey)! Thanks!

Pattern or design used: My own design
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Comments (14)

rustinpeace writes: Oh my, I just saw this! I have several projects similar to this one on my JMS page, but you did it first. I will add this page to the description for credit. This piece is beautiful. Posted: 3:13 pm on October 20th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: The toning knobs will be perfect for your next project. How cool will that be!

Stay warm,
Posted: 7:33 am on December 23rd
shabbychick writes: Sharon, what a wonderful project - love it! I can't imagine all the pieces and parts you have to work with on an old pump organ - too much fun I'm sure!

Congrats on being showcased and thanks for sharing!

Merry Christmas, Kathy Posted: 4:33 pm on December 22nd
saclark writes: Thanks for the wonderful comments everyone! And thanks for choosing me for the Member Showcase. I'm flattered! It is so great to have someone appreciate the things we do. Some people just look at me like I'm nutso but what great fun I have junking. And the support I get from this website really keeps me going.

Candy- After I had put the black glass knobs on it, I found the knobs from the pump organ that you change the tone with. I wish I had used those but there's always the next one!

Georgia- I've missed being on the site. Our secretary at work was very sick so I've been doing double duty at work for the last 3 weeks. Next comes the dreaded tax season (I work for an accountant). But I always make sure to sneak in whenever I can to see what wonderful ideas you all have come up with.

LuAnn and Midge- We were on the edge of the storm that got snow, sleet and freezing rain so it kept the snow amount down. (5 or 6 inches maybe?) But it was pretty slippery out there. And now they are calling for more! Oh well. At least we will have a white Christmas!


Sharon Posted: 1:38 pm on December 22nd
Meadowview_Farm writes: Hey Sharon...
Great project - and kudos to you on saving this pump organ! I am going to move into my new room at the antique mall today - and low & behold, one of the items they need to move out (and even mentioned "to a burn pile") is a pump organ. Perhaps I will just need to follow your inspiration and "Save the pump organs"!
Kari Posted: 1:48 pm on December 21st
suewhitney writes: Hi All,

Welcome back to Member Showcase Sunday. I have to say I am sooo impressed with all of the posts that it is very difficult to choose the member features. My daughter had her tonsils out on Thursday and I have had less time to go through the posts as I have been on full time mom/nurse duty. This morning at 6 bells right after early AM medication rounds, I poured a cup of coffee (OK, maybe more than one) and went though everything. Wow, 2 hours later I was truly inspired by what all of you members have accomplished in such a short period of time. Thanks to all of you for keeping me from turning into Nurse Rachett(sp?) here at the Whitney household! E thanks you too!

OK, we'll get the ball rolling with a member that has been around since the early days and has constantly inspired us with her thoughtful creativity. Sharon or saclark has shown us yet another example of her ab fab ideas with this post.I love the fact that she and her hubby rescued this organ from the burn pile as no one else really recognized its value or usefulness. I know from times past that she has just gotten started with this organ so there are more great things to come. And isn't it just like a JUNKMARKET Style member to include a thoughtful shout out to another member from whom she received inspiration. Way to go Sharon! I love this project and it sure looks like others do as well! Congrats!

Happy Holidays,
Sue Posted: 10:50 am on December 21st
CottageElements writes: Sharon, you did a great job of recycling the organ! Love the label! Great save!

Lani Posted: 10:37 pm on December 20th
georgiamoon writes: Sharon, great project. I have missed you on the site...maybe hauling home and taking apart a giant organ is quite a project in itself! Glad to see more of your great stuff, Georgia Posted: 3:11 pm on December 20th
suewhitney writes: Amazing project! Thoughtful and beautiful...nice work.

Be well
Sue Posted: 11:35 am on December 20th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: What a wonderful project! I really love the look of it and you couldn't have chosen better knobs than the black ones.

Great save!
Candy Posted: 5:53 am on December 20th
MelHow writes: Very graphic and vintage sentimental at the same time - nice work!! Posted: 11:32 pm on December 19th
junkermidge writes: This is gorgeous. You did an awesome job. I love the wood and the manufacturer's tags. And you still have keys for another project. Woo hoo!

P.S. (that stands for "pretty snowy") -- we got about 11" here on MI's west side Posted: 10:17 pm on December 19th
LuAnn writes: Sharon: What a great piece. Bet cha there's many more where that came from. High five to your hubby for his job too.


PS How much snow did you get? Here when all was said and done we had about 12 inches!! Posted: 10:03 pm on December 19th
writes: This is GREAT! I love it! Look at the piece of art you made out of something others would throw away. I LOVE it. Nice, nice job! Thank you for sharing it.

:-) JennyK Posted: 9:26 pm on December 19th
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