Author Archives: Chris

Hardwick Housewares Leather Store Now Open!

After more than two years, the Etsy store is open again! Please check out www.hardwickleathergoods.etsy.com. Inventory will be limited for some time. Thanks for your patience.

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Leather Update

I finally have the leather workshop close to completion. I formed a few jacks the other day. While not as masterful in execution as I would have liked, it was good to be back in the saddle.   More to come. Stay tuned.

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August 2012 Update!

We have finally found a new location for home and shop. With any luck we will be moving in next week. It is likely to be another few months before we are back in the swing. However there is finally a glimer of light at the end of the tunnel.

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Bar-top lamps for a new gastropub

I recently had the honor and priveledge of creating 14 custom fixtures for a new restaurant in Wisconsin. It looks like they are in good company among the amazing chandeliers and sconces chosen for the project. The design is based on my original Captain’s Cabin Lamp with customizations to facilitate installation in a commercial setting. Not [...]

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About them lamps…

I’ve recently received some rather venemous feedback on the Steampunk lamps. It seems that there has been an assumption about the source of the lamp parts. To set the record straight, I too appreciate the craftsmanship and historical significance of antique goods. I would sooner eat a fine Bradley and Hubbard center-draft lamp than destroy it for art. [...]

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Second Sun-thickened Oil Project

Sun-thickened linseed oil has been one of the staples used in traditional varnish making for a millennium or more. It takes patience and vigilance, and normally up to three months depending a latitude.  At my latitude the process can effectively only be performed in the dryer summer months. As part of my ongoing period varnish [...]

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Steampunk Lamps #8 and #9

Airship lamp number #8 is the Crew’s Cabin Lamp. #9 is the Airship Control Console Lamp.

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Floor Lamp

I’m calling it finished at this point. Though I will likely tinker with it for some time. Steamy-Ladies and Gentle-Punks, I give you the Steam Powered Floor Lamp!

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Work In Progress – Steam Powered iPod Dock

Yes, good people, you read it correctly. Replace that old phonograph with the latest invention of Dr. Emiele Kozlowski. When asked “Pray tell sir, does it bump?” the reply is “Why, have a listen and judge for yourself! I am quite confident you will find that the bump excedes your expectations.” The starting point for [...]

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Work In Progress – Steam Powered Floor Lamp

I still have a little way to go on this, but it’s starting to resemble the final product. Remaining to make are shades for the bulbs and brakets to hold tubing in place. This piece is made from purchased lamp repair parts, found objects, plumbing parts, and hand fabricated parts. I used all solid brass [...]

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