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O.C. White Lamp Restoration

We recently picked up this antique piece hoping to restore it to a working industrial modern table lamp. The O.C. White company is still in business, founded over 100 years ago by a dentist who used his tool making skills to construct his own work lights. The highly adjustable designs made their way into the […] → Continue Reading O.C. White Lamp Restoration

Birds and Floral Shade Repair

In April of 2011, a customer brought in a beautiful shade that was in desperate need of repair. The shade was likely an import, but the pattern was intricate and the glass was very nice. However, the construction—at least from a structural perspective—was lacking the proper reinforcements necessary to hold its own weight. As we […] → Continue Reading Birds and Floral Shade Repair

Stairwell Fixture Built and Installed

This past winter I had the opportunity to tour the Purcell-Cutts house, a Prairie School home in Minneapolis that is now preserved and maintained by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Inspired by one of the original light fixtures in the house’s stairwell, I decided to build a replica using raw brass parts and vintage wiring. […] → Continue Reading Stairwell Fixture Built and Installed

Won Ribbon at MN State Fair

I recently entered the Tiffany Snowball (or Hydrangea as it is often called) into the Minnesota State Fair. I received a ribbon for my efforts. It felt good to see there was interest in this kind of work. Here’s a nice image of onlookers, captivated my my lamp:

Entering Hydrangea Lamp in MN State Fair

Now that I have a true Tiffany replica base for the 16-inch Hydrangea lampshade, I feel it’s appropriate to capture a wider viewing audience. I am planning to show the lamp in the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. If it earns any awards, I am guessing it will be on display in the Creative Activities Annex. […] → Continue Reading Entering Hydrangea Lamp in MN State Fair

Minature Acorn Shade

One of the many geometric designs created by Tiffany Studios was the Acorn, or Vine Border shade as it was called in original price guides. This shade is popular for its simple design because it matches virtually any decor. In this example, I have adapted a simple 7-inch geometric dome to carry the “acorn” border. […] → Continue Reading Minature Acorn Shade

Hydrangea Lamp Takes Honorable Mention

A local glass shop called Glass Endeavors holds an annual spring art show. This year I entered the 16-inch Hydrangea lampshade. With more than 60 entries, my lampshade went home with the People’s Choice Honorable Mention award. Several viewers wrote nice comments about the shade and it was great to see the piece next to […] → Continue Reading Hydrangea Lamp Takes Honorable Mention

Studio Hanson Featured in the Villager Newspaper!

There I am on the cover of The Villager, peering proudly through one of my first restoration projects, the Secretary Cabinet Window. The Villager dedicated two pages to the article written by Frank Jossi which gives a nice overview of some of my work. Several great photos taken by Brad Stauffer also appeared in the […] → Continue Reading Studio Hanson Featured in the Villager Newspaper!

Newer Dragonfly Heat Cap Failure

This dragonfly shade suffered from an improperly attached heat cap. Sometimes called a “cold” solder, the cap was never fully attached, probably because it had been patinated (colored) before it was attached. Disaster was averted when the owner realized repairs were necessary. The cap was carefully removed and the top row of glass cleaned of […] → Continue Reading Newer Dragonfly Heat Cap Failure

Slag Glass Shade Aperture Replacement

First, the original aperture had to be removed. Then, a new cap was built from scratch using steel rebar and copper. Finally, the new cap was positioned and soldered to the existing framing members. With wires to reinforce the new cap down the edges of the shade, the new aperture is stronger than ever.