Sometimes a company’s product is difficult to define: I had this trouble while browsing Tim Leefeldt’s RailroadWare website. Is it rustic? Industrial? Modern? Nostalgic? Well, take a look.
There’s simplicity in these glass and steel designs, a clean look, one that’s versatile enough to be used in any number of decoration schemes. I think they would complement just about any setting.
As much as possible, the materials are reclaimed objects. Old glass & ceramic insulators, traffic light lenses, and hardened steel parts – the clips, spikes, and random hardware so abundant along unused rail lines – all hand-gathered by the artist and repurposed into lighting, door & cabinet hardware, and home furnishings.
The disparate parts are cut, drilled, sanded, ground, and bent where needed before being given their new purpose. Although the creations are thoroughly cleaned the rust remains and is, according to the artist, an “essential part of the look.” Even the new sections of steel are purposefully rusted so that the entire is whole. Then comes a steel sealer and hand-rubbed oil finish.
So what was once abandoned is again made functional.
The business sprang, almost by chance, from Tim’s long-term interest in lighting and a collection that started with the purchase of a single glass insulator back in 2004. Now he crafts a full line… as well as custom work, some of which can be seen here.
There’s much more to the story than this, however. To learn it, please stop by the RailroadWare website.