1912 Westinghouse, Rotating Fan, Table Lamp
  • 1912 Westinghouse, Rotating Fan, Table Lamp

    This piece, without a doubt, is the most important and sentimental work I have done thus far.  From the very first fan I converted into a light, I was dead set on figuring out how to make the bulbs rotate, but at that time, I had no idea how many variables I was going to have to take into account to accomplish this.  When my dad brought this fan to me, it was in rough condition, and I mean rough.  Every square inch of metal was caked with rust, the brass cage looked beyond repair, grease and grime encapsulated the motor housing and there were plenty of old spider egg sacks hiden within the base.  After a bit of research into this decrepit fan, I knew this was going to be the fan I would have a go at making it spin again.  So I let it sit in the back corner of my garage for over a year.  I made plenty of fans during that time period, but I just let that one be.  Every time I converted a fan to a light, I learned a little more each time.  


    After waiting and waiting and waiting to figure out exactly how I was going to accomplish this task, and after researching various parts to determine their effectiveness for my design, I just began.  I removed every single nut, bolt, and screw.  Cleaned the grime out of every crack and crevice.  Hit it with a wire wheel.  Hit it with a lot of wire wheels...but it was all worth it when this piece revealved its glistening, brass cage and beatiful nickle plating.  There was so much thought and detail that went into the manufacturing of this piece back when George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla teamed up back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Its kind of ironic that one of the essential components I used to make this piece was one of Tesla's greatest inventions...


    Anyway, I would love to get into complete detail of exactly how I made this piece and all of the components I used, but half of the fun is seeing a piece like this and not knowing exactly how it was done.