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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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Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb -  Brushed Nickel - Pendant - Kitchen Light - Light Fixture - Pendant Light - Pear Style
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Brushed Nickel - Pendant - Kitchen Light - Light Fixture - Pendant Light - Pear Style
DanCordero
$110.00 USD
Fan Lamp Table Lamp Desk Lamp Vintage Fan Lamp - Medium - GE Model
Fan Lamp Table Lamp Desk Lamp Vintage Fan Lamp - Medium - GE Model
DanCordero
$395.00 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
$129.00 USD
Globe Edison Table Lamp, Desk Lamp, Edison Light, Home Decor, Lighting
Globe Edison Table Lamp, Desk Lamp, Edison Light, Home Decor, Lighting
DanCordero
$99.00 USD
Wooden Edison Table Lamp - Limited Sale - Desk Lamp - Bed Light - Night Light - Lamp - Industrial - Edison Bulb
Wooden Edison Table Lamp - Limited Sale - Desk Lamp - Bed Light - Night Light - Lamp - Industrial - Edison Bulb
DanCordero
$79.00 USD
Flush Ceiling Mount - Edison Light Fixture - Oil Rubbed Bronze
Flush Ceiling Mount - Edison Light Fixture - Oil Rubbed Bronze
DanCordero
$75.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Oil Rubbed Bronze Pear Style -  - Pendant - Kitchen Light - Light Fixture - Pendant Light - Glass
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Oil Rubbed Bronze Pear Style - - Pendant - Kitchen Light - Light Fixture - Pendant Light - Glass
DanCordero
$105.00 USD
5 - Port Canopy Hanging Light Fixture - Brushed Nickel Finish
5 - Port Canopy Hanging Light Fixture - Brushed Nickel Finish
DanCordero
$400.00 USD
Bell Jar Edison Table Lamp, Desk Lamp, Edison Light, Home Decor, Lighting
Bell Jar Edison Table Lamp, Desk Lamp, Edison Light, Home Decor, Lighting
DanCordero
$99.00 USD
Mercury Glass - Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Small Globe
Mercury Glass - Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Small Globe
DanCordero
$99.00 USD
Glass Shade Edison Bulb Table Lamp - Bronze - Desk Lamp - Vintage bulb - Oil Rubbed Bronze
Glass Shade Edison Bulb Table Lamp - Bronze - Desk Lamp - Vintage bulb - Oil Rubbed Bronze
DanCordero
$115.00 USD
Copper & Oil Rubbed Bronze  - Edison Pendant Light Fixture
Copper & Oil Rubbed Bronze - Edison Pendant Light Fixture
DanCordero
$135.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Barrel
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Barrel
DanCordero
$99.00 USD
Fan Lamp - Small - Westinghouse Model - Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Nightlight - Bed light - Vintage Fan - Lamp - Steampunk lamp - Steampunk
Fan Lamp - Small - Westinghouse Model - Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Nightlight - Bed light - Vintage Fan - Lamp - Steampunk lamp - Steampunk
DanCordero
$370.00 USD
Glass Shade Edison Bulb Table Lamp - Brass
Glass Shade Edison Bulb Table Lamp - Brass
DanCordero
$115.00 USD
Vintage Bicycle Patent Lantern Table Lamp
Vintage Bicycle Patent Lantern Table Lamp
DanCordero
$105.00 USD
Flush Ceiling Mount - Edison Light Fixture - Oil Rubbed Bronze
Flush Ceiling Mount - Edison Light Fixture - Oil Rubbed Bronze
DanCordero
$75.00 USD
Edison Lantern Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Night Light - Bed Light - Industrial - Edison Bulb - Lantern - Home Accent - Steampunk - Lamp
Edison Lantern Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Night Light - Bed Light - Industrial - Edison Bulb - Lantern - Home Accent - Steampunk - Lamp
DanCordero
$90.00 USD
Vintage New York Map Lantern Table Lamp
Vintage New York Map Lantern Table Lamp
DanCordero
$105.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Large Globe
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Large Globe
DanCordero
$110.00 USD
Vintage Stage Spotlight - Pendant
Vintage Stage Spotlight - Pendant
DanCordero
$350.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
DanCordero
$140.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
DanCordero
$140.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
DanCordero
$115.00 USD
Vintage Typewriter Patent Lantern Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Night Stand - Desk Lamp - Bed Night - Industrial
Vintage Typewriter Patent Lantern Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Night Stand - Desk Lamp - Bed Night - Industrial
DanCordero
$105.00 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
$105.00 USD
Flush Ceiling Mount - Edison Light Fixture - Brushed Nickel
Flush Ceiling Mount - Edison Light Fixture - Brushed Nickel
DanCordero
$75.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
DanCordero
$89.00 USD
Flush Ceiling Mount - Hammered - Brushed Nickel
Flush Ceiling Mount - Hammered - Brushed Nickel
DanCordero
$95.00 USD
Hammered Gold & Brushed Nickel Edison Pendant Light Fixture - Pendant - Kitchen Light - Light Fixture - Hammered shade - Dining room
Hammered Gold & Brushed Nickel Edison Pendant Light Fixture - Pendant - Kitchen Light - Light Fixture - Hammered shade - Dining room
DanCordero
$240.00 USD
Flush Ceiling Mount - Edison Light Fixture - Brushed Nickel
Flush Ceiling Mount - Edison Light Fixture - Brushed Nickel
DanCordero
$75.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
DanCordero
$130.00 USD
Vintage Paris Map Lantern Table Lamp
Vintage Paris Map Lantern Table Lamp
DanCordero
$105.00 USD
Shadow Box Edison Lamp - Driftwood Stain
Shadow Box Edison Lamp - Driftwood Stain
DanCordero
$119.00 USD
Vintage Industrial Explosion Proof Cage Edison Bulb Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Bed Light - Night Light - Lamp - Industrial - Steampunk
Vintage Industrial Explosion Proof Cage Edison Bulb Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Bed Light - Night Light - Lamp - Industrial - Steampunk
DanCordero
$115.00 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
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
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
$99.00 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
$105.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Eggplant
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Eggplant
DanCordero
$105.00 USD
Edison Wall Sconce Light Fixture - Brushed Nickel Finish
Edison Wall Sconce Light Fixture - Brushed Nickel Finish
DanCordero
$105.00 USD
Vintage Plane Patent Lantern Table Lamp
Vintage Plane Patent Lantern Table Lamp
DanCordero
$105.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
DanCordero
$175.00 USD
Mercury Glass - Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
Mercury Glass - Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
DanCordero
$130.00 USD
Duel Edison Bulb Table Lamp
Duel Edison Bulb Table Lamp
DanCordero
$160.00 USD
Flush Ceiling Mount - Edison Light Fixture - Brushed Nickel
Flush Ceiling Mount - Edison Light Fixture - Brushed Nickel
DanCordero
$75.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
DanCordero
$105.00 USD
Wall Sconce Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
Wall Sconce Light Fixture - Edison Bulb
DanCordero
$99.00 USD
Fan Lamp - Zero - Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Nightlight - Bed light - Vintage Fan - Lamp - Steampunk lamp - Steampunk - Industrial Light
Fan Lamp - Zero - Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Nightlight - Bed light - Vintage Fan - Lamp - Steampunk lamp - Steampunk - Industrial Light
DanCordero
$189.00 USD
Hammered Gold & Brushed Nickel Edison Pendant Light Fixture - Small Version
Hammered Gold & Brushed Nickel Edison Pendant Light Fixture - Small Version
DanCordero
$115.00 USD
Harley Motorcycle Patent Lantern Table Lamp - Harley Davidson - Desk Lamp - Night Stand - Desk Lamp - Bed Night - Industrial
Harley Motorcycle Patent Lantern Table Lamp - Harley Davidson - Desk Lamp - Night Stand - Desk Lamp - Bed Night - Industrial
DanCordero
$110.00 USD
Edison Bell Jar Lamp - Table Lamp- Desk Lamp - Glass Dome - Bell Jar - Night Lamp
Edison Bell Jar Lamp - Table Lamp- Desk Lamp - Glass Dome - Bell Jar - Night Lamp
DanCordero
$150.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Oil Rubbed Bronze Small Globe -  - Pendant - Kitchen Light - Light Fixture - Pendant Light - Glass
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Oil Rubbed Bronze Small Globe - - Pendant - Kitchen Light - Light Fixture - Pendant Light - Glass
DanCordero
$99.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Small Hurricane
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Small Hurricane
DanCordero
$99.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Large Lotus Brushed Nickel - Pendant - Kitchen Light - Light Fixture - Pendant Light
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Large Lotus Brushed Nickel - Pendant - Kitchen Light - Light Fixture - Pendant Light
DanCordero
$140.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Small Globe
Pendant Light Fixture - Edison Bulb - Small Globe
DanCordero
$99.00 USD
Vintage Fan Heater Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Bed light - Night Light - Industrial Light - Lamp - Steampunk - Lamp - Lighting - Fan
Vintage Fan Heater Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Bed light - Night Light - Industrial Light - Lamp - Steampunk - Lamp - Lighting - Fan
DanCordero
$225.00 USD
Flush Ceiling Mount - Edison Light Fixture - Oil Rubbed Bronze
Flush Ceiling Mount - Edison Light Fixture - Oil Rubbed Bronze
DanCordero
$75.00 USD
Hammered Gold & Oil Rubbed Bronze Edison Pendant Light Fixture - Pendant - Kitchen Light - Light Fixture - Pendant Light - Hammered shade
Hammered Gold & Oil Rubbed Bronze Edison Pendant Light Fixture - Pendant - Kitchen Light - Light Fixture - Pendant Light - Hammered shade
DanCordero
$140.00 USD
Edison Bell Jar Lamp - Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Glass Dome - Bell Jar
Edison Bell Jar Lamp - Table Lamp - Desk Lamp - Glass Dome - Bell Jar
DanCordero
$475.00 USD

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