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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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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
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
$125.00 USD
Hammered Shade | Gold & Brushed Nickel l Pendant Light Fixture | Kitchen Light | Light Fixture | Pendant Light | Large Hammered
Hammered Shade | Gold & Brushed Nickel l Pendant Light Fixture | Kitchen Light | Light Fixture | Pendant Light | Large Hammered
DanCordero
$130.00 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
Aged Brass Dome Shade Table Lamp | Aged Brass | Desk Lamp | Edison Light Bulb | Table Lamp | Bed Light | Night Stand
Aged Brass Dome Shade Table Lamp | Aged Brass | Desk Lamp | Edison Light Bulb | Table Lamp | Bed Light | Night Stand
DanCordero
$299.00 USD
Oversized Hammered Metal Pendant Light Fixture
Oversized Hammered Metal Pendant Light Fixture
DanCordero
$240.00 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
LED Lightbox | Edison Lightbox | Motorcycle | Light Box | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | LED | Lamp | Harley Davidson
LED Lightbox | Edison Lightbox | Motorcycle | Light Box | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | LED | Lamp | Harley Davidson
DanCordero
$75.00 USD
Free Shipping | Wooden Edison Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Bed Light | Night Light | Lamp | Industrial | Edison Bulb
Free Shipping | Wooden Edison Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Bed Light | Night Light | Lamp | Industrial | Edison Bulb
DanCordero
$89.00 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
Vintage New York Map Lantern Table Lamp
Vintage New York Map Lantern Table Lamp
DanCordero
$110.00 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
Fan Lamp Kit | DIY Kit | Candelabra | How To | Lamp Parts | Lamp Supplies | Guide | Parts | Tutorial Fan Lamp | Brass | 4 Socket
Fan Lamp Kit | DIY Kit | Candelabra | How To | Lamp Parts | Lamp Supplies | Guide | Parts | Tutorial Fan Lamp | Brass | 4 Socket
DanCordero
$60.00 USD
Vintage Gas Pump Nozzle Light Fixture
Vintage Gas Pump Nozzle Light Fixture
DanCordero
$225.00 USD
Wall Sconce | Industrial | Nickel | Reading Light | Bedroom Light | Light Fixture | Turnkey
Wall Sconce | Industrial | Nickel | Reading Light | Bedroom Light | Light Fixture | Turnkey
DanCordero
$69.00 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
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
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
$375.00 USD
LED Edison Light Bulb | 6 Watt | 40 Watt Equal | Vintage Bulb | Lamp Supplies | LED Filament Bulb | Edison Style
LED Edison Light Bulb | 6 Watt | 40 Watt Equal | Vintage Bulb | Lamp Supplies | LED Filament Bulb | Edison Style
DanCordero
$4.50 USD
LED Edison Light Bulb | 8 Watt | 60 Watt Equal | Vintage Bulb | Lamp Supplies | LED Filament Bulb | Edison Style
LED Edison Light Bulb | 8 Watt | 60 Watt Equal | Vintage Bulb | Lamp Supplies | LED Filament Bulb | Edison Style
DanCordero
$4.50 USD
Wall Sconce | Industrial | Nickel | Reading Light | Bedroom Light | Light Fixture
Wall Sconce | Industrial | Nickel | Reading Light | Bedroom Light | Light Fixture
DanCordero
$49.00 USD
Flush Ceiling Mount | Edison Bulb Light Fixture | Brushed Nickel | Semi Flush | Large Hurricane Shade
Flush Ceiling Mount | Edison Bulb Light Fixture | Brushed Nickel | Semi Flush | Large Hurricane Shade
DanCordero
$99.00 USD
Flush Ceiling Mount | Semi-Flush | Edison Bulb Light Fixture | Brushed Nickel | Wide Cylinder Shade
Flush Ceiling Mount | Semi-Flush | Edison Bulb Light Fixture | Brushed Nickel | Wide Cylinder Shade
DanCordero
$84.00 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
$89.00 USD
Pendant Extension Rod Kit
Pendant Extension Rod Kit
DanCordero
$25.00 USD
Hammered Shade | Gold & White l Pendant Light Fixture | Kitchen Light | Light Fixture | Pendant Light | Large Hammered
Hammered Shade | Gold & White l Pendant Light Fixture | Kitchen Light | Light Fixture | Pendant Light | Large Hammered
DanCordero
$130.00 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
$140.00 USD
Fan Lamp | GE Model | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Nightlight | Bed light | Vintage Fan | Lamp | Steampunk lamp | Steampunk | Chrome
Fan Lamp | GE Model | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Nightlight | Bed light | Vintage Fan | Lamp | Steampunk lamp | Steampunk | Chrome
DanCordero
$399.00 USD
Vintage Projector Patent Lantern Table Lamp
Vintage Projector Patent Lantern Table Lamp
DanCordero
$110.00 USD
Vintage Fan Patent Lantern Table Lamp
Vintage Fan Patent Lantern Table Lamp
DanCordero
$110.00 USD
5 - Port Canopy Hanging Light Fixture - Brushed Nickel Finish
5 - Port Canopy Hanging Light Fixture - Brushed Nickel Finish
DanCordero
$400.00 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
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 Fan Patent Lantern Table Lamp
Vintage Fan Patent Lantern Table Lamp
DanCordero
$110.00 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
$105.00 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
$69.00 USD
Edison Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light |  Edison Light Bulb | Double Cylinder Shade
Edison Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Double Cylinder Shade
DanCordero
$145.00 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
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
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
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
Glass Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light |  Edison Light Bulb | Large Globe
Glass Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Large Globe
DanCordero
$115.00 USD
Glass Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light |  Edison Light Bulb | Large Globe
Glass Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Large Globe
DanCordero
$115.00 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
$115.00 USD
Edison Pendant Light | Glass Pendant Light Fixture | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light |  Edison Light Bulb | Pear
Edison Pendant Light | Glass Pendant Light Fixture | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Pear
DanCordero
$115.00 USD
Edison Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light |  Edison Light Bulb | Double Globe Shade
Edison Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Double Globe Shade
DanCordero
$195.00 USD
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light |  Edison Light Bulb | Bell
Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Bell
DanCordero
$115.00 USD
Edison Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light |  Edison Light Bulb
Edison Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Pendant | Kitchen Light | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb
DanCordero
$120.00 USD
Oversized Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Gold | Dome Shade
Oversized Pendant Light Fixture | Edison Bulb | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Pendant Light | Edison Light Bulb | Gold | Dome Shade
DanCordero
$399.00 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
Fan Lamp | GE Model | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Nightlight | Bed light | Vintage Fan | Lamp | Steampunk lamp | Steampunk | Large Fan
Fan Lamp | GE Model | Table Lamp | Desk Lamp | Nightlight | Bed light | Vintage Fan | Lamp | Steampunk lamp | Steampunk | Large Fan
DanCordero
$399.00 USD
Fan Lamp Kit | DIY Kit | Candelabra | How To | Lamp Parts | Lamp Supplies | Guide | Parts | Tutorial Fan Lamp | Brass | 3 Socket
Fan Lamp Kit | DIY Kit | Candelabra | How To | Lamp Parts | Lamp Supplies | Guide | Parts | Tutorial Fan Lamp | Brass | 3 Socket
DanCordero
$55.00 USD
Edison Bell Jar Lamp - Chrome
Edison Bell Jar Lamp - Chrome
DanCordero
$145.00 USD
Radio Speaker Table Lamp - Small - Desk Lamp - Antique - Steampunk - Atwater Kent - Industrial - Bed Light - Night Light - Light - Lamp
Radio Speaker Table Lamp - Small - Desk Lamp - Antique - Steampunk - Atwater Kent - Industrial - Bed Light - Night Light - Light - Lamp
DanCordero
$385.00 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
$199.00 USD
Edison Bell Jar Lamp - Antique Brass
Edison Bell Jar Lamp - Antique Brass
DanCordero
$145.00 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
$140.00 USD
Flush Ceiling Mount | Semi-Flush | Edison Bulb Light Fixture | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Milk Flute Shade
Flush Ceiling Mount | Semi-Flush | Edison Bulb Light Fixture | Oil Rubbed Bronze | Milk Flute Shade
DanCordero
$84.00 USD
Flush Ceiling Mount | Edison Bulb Light Fixture | Brushed Nickel | Semi Flush | Small Hurricane Shade
Flush Ceiling Mount | Edison Bulb Light Fixture | Brushed Nickel | Semi Flush | Small Hurricane Shade
DanCordero
$84.00 USD

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