Tag Archives: David Calligeros

Museum of American Precision (Continued)

Whew. Now, here’s the stuff: The Museum of American Precision has the very first Bridgeport vertical milling machine #0001. It’s in its standard grey and blue, the paint is beautifully crazed from age. The machine, which dates from 1938 is … Continue reading

Posted in All Posts, Craftsmanship, US Manufacturing | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Museum of American Precision

With great subterfuge and possibly some outright lies, I got Alix through the doors of the Museum of American Precision. This pulsing heart of luddite nerd-dom is in an old mill building in Windsor Vermont where machine tools were engineered … Continue reading

Posted in All Posts, Craftsmanship, US Manufacturing | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Manufacturer’s (Hannover) Trust Building

In 1918 Manufacturers Trust bought the Northwest corner of 34th Street and Eighth Avenue. I can’t believe these bronze doorways are that early. They seem to date to a renovation in the early 1930s to my eye. I love the … Continue reading

Posted in All Posts, Architecture | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Architectural Plaster Factory

I visited my friend Adrian Taylor, one of the owners of Hyde Park Mouldings recently. Those guys are working on a small custom project for us and I had to bring them some of the hardware. Their factory is out … Continue reading

Posted in All Posts, Craftsmanship, US Manufacturing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Glass Factory Visit

We paid a visit to one of our best glass suppliers recently. They’ve been hand blowing glass since the 1940s in West Virginia. The factory is at the end of rutted road in a series of cool old shed buildings. … Continue reading

Posted in All Posts, Craftsmanship, Custom Division, Permanent Collection, US Manufacturing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Interesting Things in the Scrap Pile

I was recently walking past the old Lot’s Road power station in London. This complex supplied power to the London Underground system until about 10 years ago when it was decommissioned. Supposedly now it will be redeveloped as condominiums and … Continue reading

Posted in All Posts, Antique and Vintage Lighting, Remains Lighting Showrooms | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Cast Irony

We restored a set of huge antique light fixtures for Restoration Hardware, which tickles me until I cry. If you happen to drive down Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich CT, you can’t miss the huge new Restoration Hardware store in the … Continue reading

Posted in All Posts, Antique and Vintage Lighting, Custom Division, Remains Lighting Factory | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Altar Lamps from the Recoleta Cemetery

Most of the mausoleums in the Recoleta cemetery have simple, dark bronze hanging fixtures. All that I saw were based on ancient (Roman, Greek, or Egyptian) oil lamps. I didn’t see any of them working (electrified or not). I imagine … Continue reading

Posted in All Posts, Antique and Vintage Lighting, Architecture | Tagged , , | Leave a comment