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July 12, 2017


Harry Tallman’s lamps spark a conversation. That’s because his functional and one-of-a-kind lamps are made from vintage, industrial and everyday items he takes pride in locating — and repurposing.

The artist & owner: Tallman, born in Chicago, has lived in Florida and later in Boulder, Colo., where he met his wife and started a business planning special events around the country for real estate developers. In 2004, they moved to Georgia to be closer to family. Tallman took a job as an activities director at a senior center in Georgia, where he worked with a men’s group building lamps out of steel gas pipe. The camaraderie, friendship and purpose inspired Tallman to continue building lamps.

The company: McDonough-based Wood & Metal Creations, launched in January 2017.

The goods: Industrial-style table and floor lamps, using a mixture of tough yet humble materials such as metal gas pipes, exotic woods, automotive parts and salvaged items.

What’s popular: Lamps with rusty patina made with automotive and motorcycle parts, metal shades, Edison-style bulbs and dimmable sockets ($175 to $325).

Other favorites: Truck spring coil lamp ($175); floor lamps with salvaged metal gas cans for shades and brake rotors as bases ($295 to $450).

Fun (or unusual) requests: A daughter wanted to surprise her father with special gift so I made a lamp utilizing his army foot locker and other military memorabilia. Also a lamp made from an antique porcelain bedpan.

Where to buy: Also at upcoming Atlanta-area festivals, including Piedmont Arts Festival (Aug. 19 and 20) and Sandy Springs Festival (Sept. 23 and 24). Also follow woodmetalcreations on Instagram.

AJC Lamp Photo



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