Saturday, 11 May 2013


A few weeks ago I did an interesting job for a well known theme park. They required some projector screen surrounds in a steampunk style for an event they had on. I was eager to get going on these because this type of work is right up my street.

I employed the help of my sister Lorna Horton to do some of the finer detail and painting.

Many of the parts were sourced from reclamation yards and then arranged to create mechanical / decorative elements found within the steampunk theme.

Here are some pictures of the work: (please excuse the background, these took up quite a lot of space in my workshop)

Image of frames on set.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Wing Shelf:

This is a project that has actually been finished for some time... I've only just got around to taking pictures and making it available to buy. I'm hoping to find a buyer that deals in or collects bespoke items such as this, which might hopefully open doorways for some other items that I'm working on.

This piece is and actual part of a Nimrod aircraft wing. It has been stripped back, polished and finished with varnished hardwood ends. 

Sunday, 16 September 2012

More aircraft parts

Emergency Exit!


Along my travels I came across this matching pair of aircraft emergency exit panels. I think that the shape and the nature of the objects are fantastic! I have a few ideas for them, but I'll keep you guessing for now...

Just wanted to share my findings for this month:

Monday, 7 May 2012

Strand Theatre Lantern

Here is another project I've been working on that falls into the category of vintage lighting:

This fixture is a patt.123 fresnel lantern and was made by Strand Electric from the late 1950's. These type of lanterns were usually accompanied by the patt.23 profile lantern to provide small scale lighting solutions for stages and exhibitions. Now they have become obsolete as most venues have been updated to more modern forms of lighting. However, the iconic design compliments the 'vintage industrial' interior design which is popular at the moment.

This particular lantern has been stripped of its paintwork and polished to produce a mirror finish with some minor blemishes which indicate its age. It has been mounted on a beautiful wooden tripod of a similar period.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

EDL Machine light

Its been a while (too long!) since my last post due to other work unfortunately not worthy enough to make it to the blog. There are many more items in the pipeline, some very close to completion, so keep an eye out in the next coming weeks.

For now..

Here is a vintage EDL 3 Tier machine light. I acquired this one in not too bad condition but it still required a large amount of work to strip and polish to the finish I was looking for. I kept the original green enamelled shade as I feel this keeps some of the character of the piece. The original base is mounted on a custom weighted hardwood block, which has been subtly shaped and varnished and allows the light to be placed on a desk or table.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Vintage Coughtrie Industrial Lamp

Ok, Finally I've finished this vintage coughtrie lamp.

Coughtrie is a Lighting company from Glasgow which established itself in the 1940's producing 'durable' lighting products often used on farmhouses, factories etc. I bought this lamp in a sorry state with the hope to restore it. After pain painstakingly stripping no less than 5 layers of paint and polishing the dull aluminium casting to a mirror finish it looks like this:

A few arty shots....

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Arched Gate

This month has been a little strange, I seem to have too many ongoing projects with little time to finish any completely. Maybe I've been slightly ambitious with what I've taken on. Plenty of interesting items in the pipeline, some of which will become available for sale very soon!!

In the meantime here is something I've done on the side for a local customer who I've done some work for before. Its only a gate, but I was pleased with how it turned out, plus it helps to keep this blog like an online portfolio.

Before powder coating.

Finished and fitted. Picture quality not great, apologies!