Best Lamp Rewiring, August 2009
Maybe it’s overkill to take your broken desk lamp to an illumination alchemist like Jason McFarland at Old Pasadena Vintage Lighting, but his iron casting, sandblasting, and blacksmith shop mean that there is no lamp he can’t resuscitate. Fabricating obsolete parts from scraps, he can coax light back into just about any fixture—and create five more to match.
Best Lighting Restorer, August 2006
Whether you are the restoration architect painstakingly rebuilding lost and damaged lamps and chandeliers from the 1914 Greene & Greene-designed Culbertson House or you just want the Spanish sconces in your duplex liberated from their paint prison, Jason McFarland at Old Pasadena Vintage Lighting is the experts’ choice. McFarland researches the history of your piece in his personal collection of period catalogs, and then through reverse engineering and by using the tools and techniques of craftsmen before him, he resorts to such lost arts as German plating or polychrome finishing to restore the sheen of vintage fixtures. “I know what’s appropriate,” says McFarland. “An 1895 fixture is very different from a 1903 one.”