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Don Reich’s Steampunk Lamps

A personal home décor project became a paying hobby for an artist in Helena, Montana

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Some artists work in wood, clay, or bronze. But like many other steampunk makers, Don Reich of Helena, Montana works with parts you might find in an antique shop or salvage yard: pipes, gauges, valves, fans, even an old Dictaphone or sewing machine.

He uses these pieces to build lamps that he sells to friends and at the Copperleaf Design Center in Helena. He’s also set up his own business dubbed Old Garage Works.

His hobby began in 2017 when he used pipes and other pieces from his garage to make a lamp for his home. He posted a photo on his Facebook page, and positive reaction from friends and family encouraged him to make more. Soon, he was selling them.

Reich’s work also caught the eye of an editor at the Helena Independent Record, which ran a story about him in February. That’s how he came to our attention.

He kindly allowed us to use photos of his lamps, which you can see in the gallery below.


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