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Featured Shop: Dan Cordero

Sep 2, 2015

by Dan Cordero

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi there! My name is Dan Cordero, and I’m an Emmy award-winning video producer, husband, and new father based in Charlotte, North Carolina. In my spare time, I make lighting and home decor out of repurposed vintage gadgets.

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I’ve worked in video production for the last 15 years. I never thought I’d find satisfaction building stuff in a workshop – in fact, I took a stagecraft class in college as part of my film degree and hated every minute! It wasn’t until I worked alongside industrial designers and engineers that I began to appreciate the art of creating objects by hand. Around that time, I also developed a fascination with vintage and industrial design. This was when the show American Pickers was gaining in popularity; as depicted in the show, the tools and goods of a bygone era often contained fascinating stories. By repurposing authentic, Americana antiques, I got to be part of those stories as well.

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I started designing, creating, and selling my work in 2012, with help and guidance from my engineering buddies. They taught me a great deal – everything from tool function and electrical configurations to painting techniques and (most importantly!) workshop safety. Because of them, I still have all my fingers. In the three years since I opened shop, my skill as an artist has definitely evolved: today, I have a much better understanding of the market, my customers, and my overall style.

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Sometimes when I’m creating a new product, I sketch my ideas out on paper (my drawing skills are similar to that of a kindergartner, so the final product never actually looks like the original drawing); other times, I jump into a project head-first by tinkering around. I have a large collection of lamp parts, random doodads, and lots of whatchamacallits. I’d say 25 percent of my tinkering actually develops into a usable design that will end up in my Etsy shop. The final stage of the process is running each product by my most trusted, wisest, and loveliest adviser – my wife.

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Thanks to Etsy, my small hobby has exploded into a multi-faceted line of Dan Cordero original creations with clients around the world. I wouldn’t be able to reach such a diverse customer base by selling in a brick-and-mortar store here in Charlotte, especially while still holding a full-time job in the film industry. One of my favorite parts about selling on Etsy is interacting with customers who share how they style my decorative pieces in their home, office, or restaurant. It’s as if I’ve been invited into their lives, and made their guest of honor.

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I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of sharpening my creative edge. One of my main goals for the future is to continue crafting unique, original designs to please my current followers and to attract new buyers. Although I split my time between Etsy and my film position, in the long-term, I’d like to run my shop full time. Running my own business from home would be ideal for me as a new father; I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing than creating alongside my newest living creation.

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All photographs by Aaron Atkinson.

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The Deka Lamp
The Deka Lamp
DanCordero
$130.00 USD
Oversized 20" Hammered Metal Brushed Nickel Pendant Light Fixture
Oversized 20" Hammered Metal Brushed Nickel Pendant Light Fixture
DanCordero
$230.00 USD
Fan Lamp | Zero Model | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Nightlight | Bed light | Vintage Fan | Lamp | Steampunk lamp | Steampunk | Industrial Light
Fan Lamp | Zero Model | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Nightlight | Bed light | Vintage Fan | Lamp | Steampunk lamp | Steampunk | Industrial Light
DanCordero
$199.00 USD
The O Edison Table Lamp | Edison Lamp | Desk Lamp | Wooden Lamp | Edison Table Lamp | Edison Light Bulb
The O Edison Table Lamp | Edison Lamp | Desk Lamp | Wooden Lamp | Edison Table Lamp | Edison Light Bulb
DanCordero
$49.95 USD
Shadow Box Edison Lamp | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Bedside Light | Night Light | Wood | Lamp | Edison Bulb | Industrial
Shadow Box Edison Lamp | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Bedside Light | Night Light | Wood | Lamp | Edison Bulb | Industrial
DanCordero
$110.00 USD
Edison Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light |  Edison Light Bulb | Pear
Edison Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Pear
DanCordero
$110.00 USD
Fan Lamp | GE Model | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Nightlight | Bed light | Vintage Fan | Lamp | Steampunk lamp | Steampunk | Industrial Light
Fan Lamp | GE Model | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Nightlight | Bed light | Vintage Fan | Lamp | Steampunk lamp | Steampunk | Industrial Light
DanCordero
$395.00 USD
Hammered Shade | Gold & Brushed Nickel | Pendant Light Fixture | Kitchen Light | Light Fixture | Pendant Light | Large Hammered
Hammered Shade | Gold & Brushed Nickel | Pendant Light Fixture | Kitchen Light | Light Fixture | Pendant Light | Large Hammered
DanCordero
$130.00 USD
Fan Lamp Kit | DIY Kit | Candelabra | How To | Lamp Parts | Lamp Supplies | Guide | Parts | Tutorial Fan Lamp | Chrome | 3 Socket
Fan Lamp Kit | DIY Kit | Candelabra | How To | Lamp Parts | Lamp Supplies | Guide | Parts | Tutorial Fan Lamp | Chrome | 3 Socket
DanCordero
$55.00 USD
Vintage New York Map Lantern Table Lamp
Vintage New York Map Lantern Table Lamp
DanCordero
$110.00 USD
Marble Base Lamp | Chrome | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Bedside Light | Night Light | Marble | Lamp | Edison Bulb | Modern
Marble Base Lamp | Chrome | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Bedside Light | Night Light | Marble | Lamp | Edison Bulb | Modern
DanCordero
$89.00 USD
Vintage Plane Patent Lantern Table Lamp
Vintage Plane Patent Lantern Table Lamp
DanCordero
$110.00 USD
LED Lightbox | Edison Lightbox | Tractor | Light Box | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | LED | Lamp | John Deere | Farm
LED Lightbox | Edison Lightbox | Tractor | Light Box | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | LED | Lamp | John Deere | Farm
DanCordero
$75.00 USD
Vintage Camera Patent Lantern Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Night Stand - Desk Lamp - Bed Night - Industrial
Vintage Camera Patent Lantern Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Night Stand - Desk Lamp - Bed Night - Industrial
DanCordero
$110.00 USD
Fan Lamp Kit | DIY Kit | How To | Lamp Parts | Lamp Supplies | Guide | Parts | Tutorial Fan Lamp
Fan Lamp Kit | DIY Kit | How To | Lamp Parts | Lamp Supplies | Guide | Parts | Tutorial Fan Lamp
DanCordero
$65.00 USD
Lamp Cord Kit | DIY Kit | Fan Lamp | How To | Lamp Parts | Lamp Supplies | Lamp Switch | Lamp Dimmer | Black Lamp Cord | Vintage Cord
Lamp Cord Kit | DIY Kit | Fan Lamp | How To | Lamp Parts | Lamp Supplies | Lamp Switch | Lamp Dimmer | Black Lamp Cord | Vintage Cord
DanCordero
$12.00 USD
Flush Ceiling Mount | Semi-Flush | Edison Bulb Light Fixture | Brushed Nickel | Barrel Shade
Flush Ceiling Mount | Semi-Flush | Edison Bulb Light Fixture | Brushed Nickel | Barrel Shade
DanCordero
$84.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Brushed Nickel | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Gold | Dome Shade
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Brushed Nickel | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Gold | Dome Shade
DanCordero
$150.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Aged Brass | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light |  Edison Light Bulb | Double Cylinder Shade
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Aged Brass | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Double Cylinder Shade
DanCordero
$195.00 USD
Vintage San Francisco Map Lantern Table Lamp
Vintage San Francisco Map Lantern Table Lamp
DanCordero
$110.00 USD
Eclipse Table Lamp | Aged Brass | Desk Lamp | Edison Light Bulb | Table Lamp | Bed Light | Night Stand | Leora Collection
Eclipse Table Lamp | Aged Brass | Desk Lamp | Edison Light Bulb | Table Lamp | Bed Light | Night Stand | Leora Collection
DanCordero
$185.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Copper | Dome Shade
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Copper | Dome Shade
DanCordero
$140.00 USD
Aged Brass Table Edison Lamp | Aged Brass | Desk Lamp | Edison Light Bulb | Table Lamp | Bed Light | Night Stand | Leora Collection
Aged Brass Table Edison Lamp | Aged Brass | Desk Lamp | Edison Light Bulb | Table Lamp | Bed Light | Night Stand | Leora Collection
DanCordero
$210.00 USD
Mercury Glass | Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Brushed Nickel | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Small Globe Shade
Mercury Glass | Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Brushed Nickel | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Small Globe Shade
DanCordero
$99.00 USD
Lamp Cord Kit | DIY Kit | Fan Lamp | How To | Lamp Parts | Lamp Supplies | Lamp Switch | Lamp Dimmer | Brown Lamp Cord | Vintage Cord
Lamp Cord Kit | DIY Kit | Fan Lamp | How To | Lamp Parts | Lamp Supplies | Lamp Switch | Lamp Dimmer | Brown Lamp Cord | Vintage Cord
DanCordero
$12.00 USD
Harley Davidson Motorcycle Patent Table Lamp | Harley Davidson | Desk Lamp | Night Stand | Biker | Vintage
Harley Davidson Motorcycle Patent Table Lamp | Harley Davidson | Desk Lamp | Night Stand | Biker | Vintage
DanCordero
$115.00 USD
Aged Brass Edison Bulb Table Lamp | Glass Shade | Desk Lamp | Edison Light Bulb | Table Lamp | Bed Light | Night Stand
Aged Brass Edison Bulb Table Lamp | Glass Shade | Desk Lamp | Edison Light Bulb | Table Lamp | Bed Light | Night Stand
DanCordero
$120.00 USD
Flush Ceiling Mount | Edison Bulb Light Fixture | Brushed Nickel | Globe Shade
Flush Ceiling Mount | Edison Bulb Light Fixture | Brushed Nickel | Globe Shade
DanCordero
$84.00 USD
LED Lightbox | Edison Lightbox | Train | Light Box | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | LED | Lamp | Locomotive
LED Lightbox | Edison Lightbox | Train | Light Box | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | LED | Lamp | Locomotive
DanCordero
$75.00 USD
Shadow Box Edison Lamp - Driftwood Stain
Shadow Box Edison Lamp - Driftwood Stain
DanCordero
$119.00 USD
In-line Dimmer Switch
In-line Dimmer Switch
DanCordero
$25.00 USD
Edison Bulb Glass Shade Table Lamp | Aged Brass | Desk Lamp | Edison Light Bulb | Table Lamp | Bed Light | Night Stand | Halo Lamp
Edison Bulb Glass Shade Table Lamp | Aged Brass | Desk Lamp | Edison Light Bulb | Table Lamp | Bed Light | Night Stand | Halo Lamp
DanCordero
$115.00 USD
The Lean Lamp
The Lean Lamp
DanCordero
$89.00 USD
Glass Shade Edison Bulb Table Lamp | Bronze | Desk Lamp | Edison Light Bulb | Table Lamp | Bed Light | Night Stand
Glass Shade Edison Bulb Table Lamp | Bronze | Desk Lamp | Edison Light Bulb | Table Lamp | Bed Light | Night Stand
DanCordero
$120.00 USD
Vintage Lightbulb  Patent Lantern Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Night Stand - Desk Lamp - Bed Night - Industrial
Vintage Lightbulb Patent Lantern Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Night Stand - Desk Lamp - Bed Night - Industrial
DanCordero
$110.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Bronze | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light |  Edison Light Bulb | Milk Funnel | Farmhouse Shade
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Bronze | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Milk Funnel | Farmhouse Shade
DanCordero
$165.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Brushed Nickel | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Light Fixture | Pendant Light | Small Lotus Shade
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Brushed Nickel | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Light Fixture | Pendant Light | Small Lotus Shade
DanCordero
$120.00 USD
Vintage Gas Pump Nozzle Light Fixture
Vintage Gas Pump Nozzle Light Fixture
DanCordero
$225.00 USD
Edison Wall Sconce Light Fixture | Glass Shade | Paddle Socket | Articulating | Chrome | Brushed Nickel | Oil Rubbed Bronze
Edison Wall Sconce Light Fixture | Glass Shade | Paddle Socket | Articulating | Chrome | Brushed Nickel | Oil Rubbed Bronze
DanCordero
$115.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Brushed Nickel | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Light Fixture | Pendant Light | Large Lotus Shade
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Brushed Nickel | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Light Fixture | Pendant Light | Large Lotus Shade
DanCordero
$145.00 USD
Wall Sconce | Industrial | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Reading Light | Bedroom Light | Light Fixture
Wall Sconce | Industrial | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Reading Light | Bedroom Light | Light Fixture
DanCordero
$49.00 USD
Flush Ceiling Mount | Semi-Flush | Edison Bulb Light Fixture | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Pear Shade
Flush Ceiling Mount | Semi-Flush | Edison Bulb Light Fixture | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Pear Shade
DanCordero
$84.00 USD
Edison Bell Jar Lamp - Antique Brass
Edison Bell Jar Lamp - Antique Brass
DanCordero
$145.00 USD
Outdoor Wall Lantern - Edison Bulb - Bronze
Outdoor Wall Lantern - Edison Bulb - Bronze
DanCordero
$120.00 USD
Edison Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Light Fixture | Pendant Light | Small Globe Shade
Edison Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Light Fixture | Pendant Light | Small Globe Shade
DanCordero
$110.00 USD
Glass Bell Jar Lamp | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Glass Dome | Bell Jar | Night Lamp | Antique Brass
Glass Bell Jar Lamp | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Glass Dome | Bell Jar | Night Lamp | Antique Brass
DanCordero
$150.00 USD
LED Lightbox | Edison Lightbox | Periodic Element | Light Box | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | LED | Lamp | Chemical Elements | Science | Iron
LED Lightbox | Edison Lightbox | Periodic Element | Light Box | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | LED | Lamp | Chemical Elements | Science | Iron
DanCordero
$75.00 USD
Oversized Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light |  Edison Light Bulb | XL Globe Shade
Oversized Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | XL Globe Shade
DanCordero
$120.00 USD
Vintage Vortalex Fan Blade - Home Decor
Vintage Vortalex Fan Blade - Home Decor
DanCordero
$45.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light |  Edison Light Bulb | Eggplant Shade
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Eggplant Shade
DanCordero
$110.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light |  Drum Shade | Linen | Linen Shade
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Drum Shade | Linen | Linen Shade
DanCordero
$115.00 USD
Glass Bell Jar Edison Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Edison Light | Home Decor | Lighting | Night Light | Edison Bulb | Antique Brass
Glass Bell Jar Edison Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Edison Light | Home Decor | Lighting | Night Light | Edison Bulb | Antique Brass
DanCordero
$105.00 USD
Glass Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light |  Edison Light Bulb | Cylinder
Glass Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Cylinder
DanCordero
$115.00 USD
40 Watt Incandescent Edison Bulb
40 Watt Incandescent Edison Bulb
DanCordero
$7.50 USD
25 Watt Incandescent Candelabra Edison Bulb
25 Watt Incandescent Candelabra Edison Bulb
DanCordero
$7.50 USD
Wall Sconce Light Fixture |  Edison Bulb | Brushed Nickel | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Edison light | Small Globe Shade
Wall Sconce Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Brushed Nickel | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Edison light | Small Globe Shade
DanCordero
$105.00 USD
Wall Sconce | Industrial | Nickel | Reading Light | Bedroom Light | Light Fixture | Turnkey
Wall Sconce | Industrial | Nickel | Reading Light | Bedroom Light | Light Fixture | Turnkey
DanCordero
$65.00 USD
Wall Sconce Light Fixture |  Edison Bulb | Brushed Nickel | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Edison light | Pear Shade
Wall Sconce Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Brushed Nickel | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Edison light | Pear Shade
DanCordero
$99.00 USD
Edison Wall Sconce Light Fixture | Glass Shade | Articulating | Chrome | Brushed Nickel | Oil Rubbed Bronze
Edison Wall Sconce Light Fixture | Glass Shade | Articulating | Chrome | Brushed Nickel | Oil Rubbed Bronze
DanCordero
$105.00 USD
Wall Sconce Light Fixture |  Edison Bulb | Brushed Nickel | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Edison light | Small Teardrop Shade
Wall Sconce Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Brushed Nickel | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Edison light | Small Teardrop Shade
DanCordero
$99.00 USD

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