Taking the Bottle Lamp experience to the next level! Cole has shown that there’s always room for improvement.
Building upon the original concept of using a recycled liquor bottle and adding a light source, Cole from Night Cap Studios also incorporated additional functions. His multi-use bottle lamps feature a beautiful hand crafted base with a built in USB port, Edison outlet and paddle switch. You have a whole new level of purpose and cool! (Oh yeah, did we mention that it can even add light to a room?)
We were so impressed with Cole’s hand crafted lamps that we had to reach out to him.
Take a look at his answers to learn more about him and his creations. Be sure to scroll down to see more pictures and to leave him a comment.
How did you get started?
Cole: I had been busy making and refinishing furniture for a while, but was looking for a new and different project. I had a small touch lamp beside my bed that my dog figured out how to turn on in the middle of the night, so I decided to give lamp making a try. I ended up making it out of pipefittings, and added a USB outlet to easily charge my phone, and it is the greatest lamp I’ve ever had—obviously not biased at all. (Shameless plug, I also sell these on Etsy.)
A few months later, I got a new housemate who saw my lamp and asked if I could make him something like it. I knew four things:
- 1) He LOVES Jack Daniels,
- 2) I wanted to make a bottle lamp,
- 3) I wanted to add a switch and USB charging plug somewhere,
- and 4) I wanted to challenge both my woodworking and lamp making abilities.
Like magic (aka countless hours pondering how to make it work and a few hundred hours in the shop building it) it was done!
Where do you find your inspiration?
Cole: Honestly, I walk around hardware stores. At first, I was fairly certain the employees thought I was a little crazy and/or casing the joint to steal stuff, but they are used to me now. I can spend hours walking around, looking at stuff, seeing what I could put together to make something new.
Apparently I look like I belong there now, because it is a common occurrence to have another customer ask me for help on where to find something. The sad truth is, I’ve only had to say, “I don’t know,” once. I also think a lot, almost constantly about my projects. I’m endlessly trying to figure out better ways to make something.
Seriously, even while I’m writing this, I’m thinking about the best way to stain and assemble my newest project, so if there’s random words in here about stain color and brad nails, that’s why.
What kind of tools do you use?
Cole: I have a lot of tools. My love for tools is like a female’s love of shoes. I have a pretty full shop, but apart from my saws, I find my router, Dremel, and my chisels to be the most used tools in my shop. This isn’t exactly a tool, but sandpaper really helps finish almost every project, so I’m going to count it as one. I absolutely love how it can help shape, finish and bring out the beauty of my projects.
Besides Etsy, where else do you sell your crafts?
Cole: As of this moment, Etsy is the only place my stuff is on sale. However, I am in talks to get my products in some home accessories stores here in Nashville, so fingers crossed.
In a world where everything is sold separately, Cole’s lamps defy all laws of modern retail and come complete with a lampshade AND a 40 watt retro style lightbulb. Visit his Etsy store to see all of his hand crafted lamps, coasters and furniture, and to place your very own custom made order.
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We would like to thank Cole for taking the time to answer our questions and wish him the best of luck. We think your lamps are awesome!