I saw my first turbine pendant at a local crafts show. It was made from an upcycled old wind turbine similar to those you might have seen spinning atop homes with attic spaces many years ago. Its perfectly aged patina, weatherworn and oxidized to a dull gray, dotted with specks of rust and lit by a vintage-style Edison bulb very much appealed to my retro-modern sensibilities. My desire for one of these marvelous pendant lights was exceeded only by the steepness of the light’s price tag.
So, I studied it closely, took mental pictures, and decided I could do this. The only problem: I’m not exactly Tim the Tool Man when it comes to being handy or inventive around the house. Seriously, I once had to call my handyman over just to light the hot water heater. Duh.com, right. Well, I share this misadventure in home improvement for no other reason than to convince you that if I can build one of these, you can, too.
Here’s how it’s done.