Architectural Wreckage Lamp

April 15th, 2019 in member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
123 users recommend

Historical relics...baluster and cast iron base.
Reclaimed, reimagined and relamped.
Architectural detail with a beautiful patina...over a century old.
Cast iron base...Im not sure from what, but its perfectly imperfect.
Each component was found separately yet blend together perfectly.
When I bought my home in 1987, the original owner left two things for me: a workbench (which he built) that I have used to construct every creation for the last 30 years, and this painting of my home done in 1941. The house was built in 1940.
Behind the painting is a little compartment where the milkman would leave the bottles.
The old screen door is original to the house.
I junked it up a little with a vintage door push.
CONCEPT SKETCH…on a napkin. 
This is what I do while eating breakfast…and lunch...and dinner...and sleeping! I keep a sketchbook on my nightstand because Ill wake up in the middle of the night with an entire concept floating around in my mind. Then Ill get crazy and start working on it at 3:00am.
Historical relics...baluster and cast iron base.

Historical relics...baluster and cast iron base.

Photo: Jim Healy (copyright 2012)

An antique baluster aged by decades of New England weather seamlessly comes together with an ornate cast iron base to create a historical one-of-a-kind lamp.

It's just what my remodeled breezeway needed!


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy - Junk Architect (copyright 2012)
posted in: member junk, vintage, wood, lamp, baluster, shade, jim healy, junk architect

Comments (17)

Psn4clr writes: One of your most fabulous lamps to date! I love them all though!

Posted: 6:34 am on January 30th
MakinItHappen writes: Two thumbs up!!! Love the lamp, love it all, and -- WOW -- that bread door push. I actually remember those.

Posted: 5:27 pm on October 20th
just_old_stuff writes: This is my favorite lamp on Junk Market! Splendid job Mr. Healy!

Posted: 11:14 am on October 20th
LloydsLandingofSears writes: Love the color you've surrounded the lamp with - it makes the room!
Love your stuff!

Posted: 10:48 am on October 20th
gadgetsponge writes: You da man Jim! Another great piece. The original patina from time and weather is beautiful on this. And I like the way the braided cord is coming away from it. It emphasizes the age of the components. That Slater sign is worth its weight in gold! And thanks so much for sharing some of the charm of your house. What luck to have a vintage oil painting of your home!

Posted: 9:03 am on October 18th
TinTinJunkFan writes: Another cool lamp, always love your electric cords-- and love the green door!

Posted: 8:07 am on October 18th
CleverJunk writes: Happy belated birthday. Love the lamp and breezeway. I am a huge fan of color and am always inspired by your designs. Hope you had a great day!

Posted: 9:45 pm on October 17th
JunkArchitect writes: Thanks everyone...!

Flossielucy, the base is attached to the baluster with a lag bolt. The power cord comes out the side of the baluster about 2" below the light socket.


Posted: 9:38 am on October 17th
flossielucy writes: I think the base was a flag pole base. Very pretty. Did you have a long drill bit? I've wanted to do something like that but didn't know how.

Posted: 7:10 am on October 17th
G writes: Don't you LOVE when previous caretakers (that's all people are of older homes..we take care of them..until the next caretaker comes along)..leave special gifts behind..?? That painting is a GEM..!!!
Really wonderful Breezeway..and Lamp..!!!
I thought I was the only one that drew on napkins..and ahem.. paper plates..!!!

Wonderful work, Jim...

Posted: 9:01 pm on October 16th
AtticusFinch writes: That's awesome JunkArchitect... All the pieces came together nicely, from the door push, lamp pieces and the sign on the wall. Great finds to pull the space together.

I'm "green" with envy.

Posted: 11:39 am on October 16th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: JIM,
WOW what a very neat piece. I have been gone so long I miss what everyone is doing.Jim you have talent and it continues amaze me what you can do.I can tell you love the things you do and thats great. So this is your birthday.I just ask lord continue bless you as you bring forth all your ideas.YOU HAVE A SPECIAL DAY.GOD BLESS ROBERT.

Posted: 9:58 am on October 16th
georgiamoon writes: Well, look at that ! What a great re-purposing of your breezeway. The whole thing is just fabulous..I love the color. The lamp is perfect and it goes so well in your new man cave. It is a BEAUTY! The painting of your house is amazing too.
Great job and Happy Birthday to YOU!


Posted: 9:07 am on October 16th
suziart writes: Happy Birthday! Have a beautiful day!

Posted: 8:39 am on October 16th
suewhitney writes: Happy Birthday, Jimbo. Have a junkingly good day!!!

Take care,

Posted: 8:10 am on October 16th
NDJunkGirl writes: p.s. I wonder if the base of your lamp was the base of a flag pole?

Posted: 6:51 am on October 16th
NDJunkGirl writes: Love your lamp and the breezeway looks incredible! The picture is very cool (I'm all about history) and your home looks like a show place! Fabulous as always!


Posted: 6:51 am on October 16th
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