Dan Dray shows off some of his antique lamps at Ag-Grow.
Dan Dray shows off some of his antique lamps at Ag-Grow.

Bright idea turns trash to treasure

A LIGHT bulb idea turned into a successful business for Dan Dray of Restore in Style.

Working from home in Toowoomba, Dan made lamps from recycled timber and antique fixtures – a hobby he has had for 15 years.

Exhibiting at Ag-Grow this year, Dan said he got the idea for the business after knocking over a bed lamp looking for the light switch.

At the time, he was already selling heritage light switches and accessories and the idea to combine them with a piece of recycled timber seemed obvious.

“I knew I had the elements so I put them together as a lamp,” he said.

“They are very popular because they are so unique.”

Each lamp can take up to two days to make, with Dan finding the materials from shearing sheds, old fence posts and waste timber.

He said one of his favourite lamps was made from the trunk of a tree he found in a shearing shed.

“They built the shed around the tree,” he said.

But it’s not just lamps Dan creates, he is also pretty handy at putting together a range of unique, antique-styled mirrors as well.


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