Recycling ~ A New PurposePosted: January 27, 2012
Recycling can be far more than placing cardboard, cans and plastic bottles into the appropriate bins!
At Rooster Ridge we believe the original form of recycling was the age-old tradition of passing items down from one generation to another. To assist in acquiring the commodities to work with we enjoy discovering antique pieces that have interesting design and form. When we cannot utilize a piece in the original purpose we attempt to create a new use. We always try to stay within the integrity of the original use of the piece—a good place to begin is to maintain the character by using the positioning it was originally designed for. The Vintage Hay Trolley was designed from a utilitarian perspective to be suspended from above and we feel it is best appreciated in that venue.
As we did not have bales of hay that required moving from one end of a barn to the other—this unique light was created to hang above the farm sink in the kitchen of The House at Rooster Ridge. The interest of the mechanical iron pulley is maintained and now has a new purpose!
With a little ingenuity and creative thinking the light was created by adding two pendant lights and lacing them through the pulleys. The pendant lights were selected for their authentic green porcelain shades and industrial design. One of our favorite sources—Barn Light Electric supplied the pendants.
With the fastidious vintage details of twisted cotton electrical cord and the use of the retro Edison Bulbs the authenticity of the complete design works beautifully.
As an added bit of whimsy the pulley is suspended on black cotton rope and supported by two mermaid hooks.
A note from our engineering department…As extra support would be required to hold the weight of the 20 pound pulley, prior to installation, a small wood support beam was placed into the ceiling behind the sheet rock.
The process of creative recycling is continuously evolving at Rooster Ridge and one of our favorite pastimes! There is so much more to show you! Look around your cottage for items waiting for A New Purpose!