StrangeCargo

Ken Sadler, Moorestown, NJ, US
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Inspired early in my life by my grandfather who himself was a self-sufficient collector of the lost, forgotten, and cast off items of his day. I soon developed my eye to see passed the obvious and take a closer look as what not that cast off was, but more importantly, could be. It's amazing how this crazy, strange and uncontrolled inspiration strongly develops the "magnetic" reflexes and abilities to seek, find, and discover those orphans and to bring them to new life....

Gender: Male

Birthday: 05/23/1955

Member Since: 12/27/2008


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Contributions

Primitive decorative iron converted to a pedestal.

Found roughly cut iron exterior house piece for $5 and decided to bring it inside from the cold.  Tethered a hardwood tray for the base and a cutting board for the top by using beam clamps to...

Forever locked safe & vintage jack stand pedastal.

The safe no longer functioning in its' original design, but now resurrected as a table to proudly display the things it can no longer secure.

Ain't No Cure For The Summertime Blues!

Unless you make this cool coffee table! Everyone wants to know what to do with that old surfboard once it's seen its' last wave. Well, not really, but my college junior son is moving into his...

FIREPIT SCREEN CHANDELIER

What do you do with a rusted out firepit spark screen?  Simple.  You remove the decrepid screen, invert the screen frame, add a tempered piece of glass, some old chain, and candles for your...

Candlelight Chandelier

Candlelight inside and outside is the best.  Nothing adds more atmosphere to a meal or a conversation than this. Enjoy. Ken  

Strange Cargo Returns.

Some small projects put together out of some pretty basic things.  A simple pleasure. Thank you for the opportunity! Ken

S T R A N G E CARGO...... the saga continues.

Thank you for this opportunity to share.  JUNK MARKET STYLE is is a great site!

STRANGE CARGO CONTINUED....

What a fun, inspirational, and great website.  Thanks for this opportunity to share! Ken

MORE FROM STRANGE CARGO....

Thank you all for your generous and kind comments.  I try to see things in their remote elements and then somehow put them together to make it unexpected. More to follow....

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF STRANGE CARGO....

Welcome to the world of Strange Cargo. 



Recent comments


Re: Piano Stool Reclaimed!

Well done Robin! Oh the burdens we face after restoring those gems back to life! Fantastic job.

Ken

Re: junk love sign

Nice job! Worthy of an art gallery. Love all the finishes.

Ken

Re: chalk board dressor

Linda, your creation would make a nice centerpiece in a room, and the added chalkboard side is very cool.

Thanks!

Ken

Re: Cottage Style Mirror

Congratulations, Jim, on this well earned recognition on JMS. I am sure I echo everyone else in your deserved praise that has seen your enormous talent here, as well as, get a much needed chuckle from your musings in designing and crafting your creations. Not only are you a big draw to this site, but more importantly, you always leave us something more important, i.e., inspiration and motivation.

Great job, and thank you!

Ken

Re: Repurposed Pub Table

Jasmin, simple components + artistic vision = awesome table. Beautiful!

Ken

Re: Spoon Bracelets by Michelle Tice of Two Twisted Gypsies, East Liverpool, OH.

Love the texture of an old spoon, fork, and knife. This is fun jewelry.

Ken

Re: Mirror Mirror

Wow, great transformation. The inconvenience of the preparation is temporary; the beautiful results... permanent.

Ken

Re: Horse Hame and Caster Barn Wood Coffee Table

Great composition of all these pieces composes yet another masterpiece.

Ken

Re: Vintage Feed Sack

Angi, amazing what a few grainy pallet boards, a colorful and discovered feed sack, and some creativity can do for you. I wouldn't part with it either!

Ken

Re: More Repurposed Wall Hangers

Wow, Brian, nothing is safe from your creative eye. Love the mousetraps and refrigerator handles. Refrigerator handles? Amazing!

Ken

Re: Fun with metal

Wonderful collection, and I share your obsession in adding to it. Also, another good reason to drink wine!

Ken

Re: Old Saw New Look

When you look at the awesome design of that handle, coupled with the powerful words of your Grandmother, your saw makes a powerful statement!
Great idea, too, for a new "canvas" for making signs. Love it!

Re: Wire Basket Chandelier

What a beautiful, perfect light fixture adding warmth and quaintness to this dining room. Well done.

Ken

Re: Unique One of a Kind, Holiday Centerpiece

Lani, another beauty born of unrelated, yet interesting finds. It's funny that when I'm on the prowl for new finds (although they always seem to find me!), uncommon items seem to "stream" together to create that special thing. Yours is cool!

Ken

Re: All Wrapped Up and Ready for Christmas!

You create a warm, welcoming, and inviting home. Beautiful.

Ken

Re: Christmas Decorations in the Bathroom

Lani, beautiful display, as always. Your vignettes always have warmth, meaning, soul, and a chuckle. Thanks!

Ken

Re: Mason Jar Christmas Tree

Suziart & Gadgetsponge, great idea born of your comments: fill the jars with family photos from times, holidays, vacations past, etc.. The pictures really personalize your tree and your jars will highlight those loved ones. Great project!

Happy Christmas!
Ken

Re: Forever locked safe & vintage jack stand pedastal.

Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments. Have a great Christmas!

Ken

Re: Old World map meets Table-top......

That is a sweet table. Love Goodwill finds!

Ken

Re: Oil Pan Mirror

Hey Jim, you know a posted project is a good one when you realize and say to yourself, "how cool, I could have done that!" And then you secretly rack your brains out and exhaustively search high and low all of your old haunts to find the same exact components to steal, err, replicate your masterpiece. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ken

Re: Vintage Holiday at Rue 72!

Becky, what a cool post. Love the unusual rubber stamp tree, cakestand.... well everything! Great job!

Ken

Re: Vintage Holiday at Rue 72!

Becky, what a cool post. Love the unusual rubber stamp tree, cakestand.... well everything! Great job!

Ken

Re: Forever locked safe & vintage jack stand pedastal.

Anyone know a safe cracker?

Re: 2014 License Plate Art Project Update

DT, one word: AMAZING!

Ken

Re: Recycled wooden Christmas trees

Suzanne, very funky tree interpretation. Lovem'!

Ken

Re: Industrial Christmas Wreath, JUNKMARKET Style

What a juxtaposition! Love it!

Ken

Re: Christmas Industrial Gear Part Two

Sue, you have a way of smoothing out the rough and cold, cool luck of industrial. Sweet!

Ken

Re: Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...

Wow, what a creation and all the detail and effort put into this is obvious! You have a generous cousin!

Ken

Re: Pennant Christmas Tree Skirt

Robin, I'm sorry I missed this gem the first time around. What a cool, creative, and fun piece! And what's really neat is that this can transcend to a unique wall hanging after its' job under a Christmas tree. Beautiful!

Ken

Re: Two Repurposed Sewing Machine Drawer Holiday Card Holders

Brian, you take a practical requirement needed in the holiday season and create a fun, cheerful, and artistic piece. Beautiful job!

Ken

Re: Christmas Uncluttered

Sue, love the subtleness and simplicity of your vignette. Great idea on the concrete candleholders!

Ken

Re: RED ROVER, RED ROVER...

Lauretta, what a fun piece! All of your appendages just brings this beauty to life. Thanks!

Ken

Re: Desk + hutch = Dutch

Wow, what a rescue and wonderful repurpose. Well done!

Ken

Re: Chest of Drawers Makeover

From drab to fun: your efforts paid off! Beautiful.

Ken

Re: Antique Corbel Lamp

Hey Jim, yet another masterpiece. Even the slightest of details gives this creation much significance. Beautiful!

Ken

Re: Box Plant Stand

What a cool box! All things look great when elevated and your legs stand out.

Ken

Re: The Lady is a Vamp!

Ah, this beauty is not just another pretty face. Your transformation is "life-like," and thankfully they're only dolls! Great job.

Ken

Re: Halloween Upcycled Bird House with License Plate Body

Those lucky birds. Beautiful!

Ken

Re: Rust and Wood and Junk -OH MY

Jasmin, just two words for you: JUNK KARMA! What a find....

Ken

Re: "Sparky"

Bill, great save. Love the ability to both dim and light up a room. Sweet!

Ken

Re: Decorating with Vintage Globes

Kerry, awesome collection! You're right, globes always invite you to take them for a spin. Thanks.

Ken

Re: Storm door insert window frame

Jenn, beautiful job framing those memorable photos.

Ken

Re: Happy Autumn!

Jim, there is something about good, old toolboxes. Good find, yours is perfect.

Ken

Re: Custom Carved Dragonfly Table

Wow, Brian, you're onto something here. The table carving is great, and the sky is the limit on design images. Your craft can morph into wall hangings and signs, too. You are gifted.

Ken

Re: Custom Carved Eyeglasses Hall Table

Brian, this is stunning. Don't stop!

Ken

Re: House ##### Necklaces

Hidie, love your house number creations into these whimsical jewelry pieces. So cool. I collect house numbers, as well, and tether all my numbers into the various addresses I used to live at through the years, and then suspend them from a tall iron plant stand. Your interpretation takes them on yet another artistic and fun path. Thanks!
Ken

Re: Labor Day Bookcase

That's one nice piece of furniture born of unrelated parts. Would make a nice TV stand too.

Re: Upcycled Nighstand with Mirror, Light & Yardsticks!

You know, Brian, you need to start adding a little more components and complexity to your projects! You must have slept a real long time to come up and develop this work of art. What an unusual and splendid piece. I could see this featured right up front in my hallway near the front door for all to see as it is too precious to be sequestered away in a bedroom. Sweet!

Ken

Re: Garden Fencing Chandelier

Lain, the sky is the limit on this gem.... Like you said crystals, flowers, even old small springs, vintage silver cutlery, chain links..... Nice!

Ken

Re: Warm and cozy night light.

This beauty gives new meaning to "night light." Well done!
Ken

Re: Repurposed First Aid Wall / Jewelry Organizer

Brian, using this vintage drawer is a great way to couple all these cool components. Awesome piece!

Ken

Re: Bring an Industrial look to the table

Gotta love Dad's shop! Your dishes are cool too.

Ken

Re: Starglow night light.

Another gem, Bill. Your lights are like sculpture.
Ken

Re: More light and its environment.

Bill, simply beautiful and an iconic, one time practical fixture elevated to a present day, useful sculpture. Well done!

Ken

Re: RADIANT MOP MAN

Lauretta, Radiant Mop Man is alive and well. Every detail on this gem is worthy of further exploration and is sheer genius. Love your bio, too.
Ken

Re: Industrial Cart Put Together with Love!

Hi Lanette, it's funny how a lot of us seem to contribute to our "inventory" of stuff over time and then one day, the idea is born to grow the project into a living, breathing thing. I think I'll need therapy (and more space) regarding my burgeoning inventory. Your cart speaks volumes of ingenuity and love, and it's wonderful on how you layer it with many significant and historical details. Well done on this beautiful tribute to your marriage. Happy anniversary!

Ken

Re: Cottage Style Mirror

Jim, I can smell the salt air and hear the waves. Creative design, artistic execution, beautiful result!

Ken

Re: Repurposed Industrial Factory Machine Base Party Table

My goodness, man, where do you get this stuff? Awesome piece and beautiful finish!

Ken

Re: "If these thing could talk, what would it say?"

B., great, practical, and artistic re-purpose. Also, love your philosophy on your member page. "If these things could talk, what would they say?" Well done!

Ken

Re: Repurposed Bakers Cabinet

Chilly, your piece screams kitchen prep table, computer work station, bar, or you name it! So practical in any room. Well done.
Ken

Re: Repurposed Children's Book Toy Lamp

Brian, as usual, well done! This would be great in a child's bedroom to maybe stimulate a life long interest in reading. Thanks.

Ken

Re: Ain't No Cure For The Summertime Blues!

Thanks everyone for your generous comments!

Re: Drainage Culvert Container Garden

DeDee, you've mastered another great project. I have been looking for a culvert for a while now to make a pedestal stand. My thought would be to drill numerous holes around the culvert and install a light inside at the base, and then cap off both ends with wider wood to create the pedestal stand. Stage in a dark cornered your room, the light would illuminate the many holes for a star light effect. Someday.

Ken

Re: Pallet Garden

DeDee, your pallet garden is so very cool. I have seen a couple of these outside of some Philadelphia restaurants and coffee shops growing herbs and flowers. Wood pallets growing a plants just makes you feel good.
Thanks!

Ken

Re: Vintage Curio Cabinet

Jim, you can see, feel, smell, and touch your craftsmanship. Such authentic details designed and built with such skill and warmth. Beautiful!

Ken

Re: Custom Industrial Bookcase with Surveyor's Stick

Brian, this isn't just a bookshelf, this is art. Your talent manifests in every piece you create. Thanks!
Ken

Re: Hubcap Sun Face and Grill Plant Stand!

What a happy marriage for the garden! Beautiful.

Ken

Re: My Potting Shed

Karyn, this is truly inspirational and such a sculptural centerpiece. Wow!

Ken

Re: Remnants of Spring: A Tablescape

Wow Andrea, what a comprehensive tabletop with so many levels and depth in each view. What effort, creativity, and ingenuity you designed into this beautiful setting. Well done!

Ken

Re: Goodwill Rescue Flag Project

Gotta love the Thrift Shop. Sweet!

Ken

Re: Old Beverage Holder Wine Bar

Lani, what a neat vintage find! I could see this as a centerpiece in a party.
Cool!

Ken

Re: Shelf Sweet Shelf...

Laurel, what a cool project. Be careful, those seeds you are planting in your daughter's head will possibly lead to a life long journey on the road to junk and repurposing!
Ken

Re: A Pair of Industrial Style Lamps

Peter, what a great pairing! Love your website.

Ken

Re: From Kid's Bike to Wall Organizer!

Lani, beautiful repurpose. Also a great reminder to polish that two wheeler in the garage and take a spin!
Ken

Re: From Kid's Bike to Wall Organizer!

Lani, beautiful repurpose. Also a great reminder to polish that two wheeler in the garage and take a spin!
Ken

Re: From Kid's Bike to Wall Organizer!

Lani, beautiful repurpose. Also a great reminder to polish that two wheeler in the garage and take a spin!
Ken

Re: Rockin' Weekend Project

Robin, what a rescue! Your efforts resulted in bringing this classic back to life. Well done!

Ken

Re: Upcycled Vintage Cookie/Candy Tin Bird Feeders

Wow, what a refreshing take reusing cookie tins! Like hangers in a closet, these things seem to multiply when stored for a long while. Great repurpose and RevivalMercantile, what a great biography. Thanks!
Ken

Re: From Rebar Wire to Spring Flowers!

Lani, if your splendid wire flower project doesn't inspire Spring, nothing will!
Beautiful! Farewell, Winter....

Ken

Re: Ravishing Candle Holders and Lanterns

Lana, love your post. I agree, there is nothing like candlelight as it sets the scene for unmatched ambiance and a calming mood. Well done!
Ken

Re: Barn Junkin' & Pickin' Trip

Brian, you hit the mother lode! Good luck and we look forward to your creations.
Ken

Re: Office Wall Organizer

Denise, what a comprehensive, functional, and fun project. Love all the appendages! Nice blog, too.
Ken

Re: Repurposed Vintage Water Ski "BEER 30" #2 Beer & Soda Bottling Opening Station

Brian, beautiful assemblage. What's the reasoning behind the "Beer 30" ?
Very cool and love the vertical shape. Ken

Re: Old Chest. New Look

What a remarkable transformation! You elevated this piece from a non-descript box to a truly functional sculpture. Awesome finish.

Ken

Re: Origami & Upcycling: New Approach to Crafts

Margaret, origami takes a lot of skill and your creation is nothing short of beautiful.
Thanks!
Ken

Re: Origami & Upcycling: New Approach to Crafts

Margaret, origami takes a lot of skill and your creation is nothing short of beautiful.
Thanks!
Ken

Re: Upcycled / Repurposed Pay Phone + Phone Charger + Bank + Accent Light Creation

Brian, whew, you resurrected something that was around in the dinosaur era that most people today wouldn't know existed, or what it was used for! Your creation makes the word "multitasking" an understatement.

Wonderful !

Ken

Re: Gem of a find

Hi Robin, greetings from the snow bound garden state of New Jersey. Your organ cobs are pretty unique, and genuinely cool. One thought is if there is a way to connect a number of them (2 or 3) with a short pipe/flange assembly to join them together to make the mid section of a pedestal, with either round or square pieces of wood, or thin butcher blocks at each end to finish off the piece. Not knowing the actual length of each cob, you may be able to drill through each one and fit a thin pipe or conduit through them to collect and hold them in place and finish off both ends with the larger pieces of wood. You would then have a larger pedestal to display a plant or a piece of pottery.... What do you think?
Good luck!
Ken

Re: Happy New Year, Baby!

Suzi, you literally brought this orphan doll back to life. It's obvious all of the work, elements, and detail involved in this genuine resurrection. Wow!
Ken

Re: Recycled table top to hanging lighted rack

Love this cool lighting fixture.... So creative and artistic. The sum is greater than all the parts. Well done!
Ken

Re: Burn Pile Beauty

Jasmin, wow, what a beauty! Your 8 footer wants to make you pull up a chair and gaze out that window. Love it!
Ken

Re: 1940s Wooden Gameboard Repurposed Table

Brian, beautiful conversion. I like how the legs are solidly attached.... Well done!
Ken

Re: My Whimsical Wonderland

Suzi, these are so cool, a little bit like the characters in "A Nightmare Before Christmas," but happier. The details are lifelike. Merry Christmas!
Ken

Re: Christmas Tree Obsession

What is it about with our junk obsession? Can't seem to kick it? Thank goodness!

Lani, love the trees, from the quirky to the sublime. Thanks.

Ken

Re: Rustic Sign

You just gotta love old tools. Awesome sign made out of the simplest of elements. Well done.
Ken

Re: Antique Chair: My First Attempt at Reupholstery!!!

Wow, this chair is a real treasure and all your hard work and effort shines through. Well done and a great save!
Ken

Re: Berry Sieve Centerpiece

Hi Becky, this is such a neat art piece, embellished by all the natural elements.

Thanks.

Ken

Re: Such a NNNNNovel idea!

P.S. Love the spool! Yet another cool application.
Ken

Re: Such a NNNNNovel idea!

Jasmin, what a classic display. This scene evokes warmth, whimsy, and invites one to stay awhile. Just beautiful, and yes, novel.

Thanks,

Ken

Re: Toast the Holidays with a Ball Jar Goblet

Suzi, your pursuit in collecting, arranging, and finally assembling your creation resulted in a unique and creative center piece. Well done.

Thanks!

Ken

Re: Industrial steel cart

Lance, what a nice rescue. This little gem can now work in any room.

Thanks.

Ken

Re: Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Bar

Hi Becky, great project. Evokes a cool coffee bistro feel. The rack shelves coupled with the various jars filled with all the accoutrements are perfect.

Ken

Re: Awesome picks in my last junkin' rounds

Brian, what a score on your discovery! Godspeed on your next projects.

Ken

Re: 1950's Kitchen Cart

Nice finish! Blue really makes it pop.

Ken

Re: Industrial Electrical Wire Spool

Spools rock! Your clock is a great repurpose into something you normally wouldn't expect of this large dumpster find. I agree with Jim, you should take the truck more often!

Ken

Re: Can anyone guess what this is used for?

Hey Jim. Would this be an antique industrial cable cutter? It's a beauty and pretty cool and I can't begin to imagine what you will create with it.

Ken

Re: Junk in the Trunk Tree

Becky, what a vision you have. Starting with that awesome backdrop, it was all down hill from there. Great job!
Thanks.
Ken

Re: I've been waiting for some of these legs!

Jasmin, your sewing machine legs are truly iconic.... Your repurposed wide wood boards are simple, rich, and beautiful. Together they make one uber cool artistic statement. Well done.
Thanks!

Ken

Re: Repurposed Vintage Simplex Timeclock & Flashlight Lamp

Brian, wow, what a creative mind to blend all these components together to yield one outstanding work of art. This could be in a gallery!
Thanks.

Ken

Re: Iron Pipe Lamp

Derskine, great lamp! Love all three details that go into your creation.
Thanks.

Ken

Re: Gas Punk

Often times, the best finds are those stashed away in the seller's inventory wasteland, that obscure, out of the way place under the counter or in the corner. I, too, many times see an item that initially attracts me for some bizarre reason, leaves me dazed, confused, and undecided, but gets stored in an already overloaded "what could it be" file in my fuzzy head. I also admit that many times I depart empty handed only to toss and turn further and farther from the store when that "what could it be file" finally computes into a project that finally, of course, shines through. You all know what follows is that 180 degree u-turn and high speed chase back to the store hoping no other rocket scientist discovered the lonely, but valuable gem. Ho hum, the stress of a junker is not easy....

Oh, and by the way, your creation is simple, beautiful, and perfect!

Ken

Re: Experimental

Out of Context.... On or off, this light is an architectural gem. The simplicity of the design coupled with the "highway" of the Edison bulb filament proves this experiment a success. Thanks!

Ken

Re: Industrial Tripod Spotlight

Mr. Flannery, nice repurpose of two cool items. Thanks!

Ken

Re: A Junk Piece with Multiple Uses!

Thanks, Lani.... Your description had me reaching for the dictionary and expanded my vocabulary in the process.

Re: A Junk Piece with Multiple Uses!

Lani, how sublime!.... And plethoric!

Ken

Re: Gratitude Rocks!

Becky, what a cool idea, which could be a lot of fun and quite meaningful at the same time. We do something like this for New Year's Eve every year where we write our resolutions on a card and place in a jar to be read on the next New Year's Eve. We then try to guess who wrote what and see if any of those resolutions panned out.

The rocks and the box look sculptural and simply beautiful for your post. Well done and "thanks" for the idea!

Ken

Re: Free Roadside Table

Wow, saved! Beautiful job.

Ken

Re: In Memory of Our Dear Friend Junker Midge

May peace be with Noreen's family at this sad time. Her creativity and inspiring comments were always enjoyed and motivating by the kindred friends on this website. Godspeed, Noreen...

Ken

Re: Viet Nam "trash"

Jan, your beautiful picture will burn as a memory in your mind as to what to what could have been.... I think we all could tell a sad story like yours.

My condolences.

Ken

Re: Pet Food Storage Solution

Wow, Jasmin, you are all over this! The crate, cushion, chair back, and feet....all appropriate. Nice job!

Ken

Re: From Metal Tote to Console Table...

Laurel, wherever you put Fred, he's in a good place. What a cool project. Thanks!

Ken

Re: Fancy Cast Iron Base Bar

Great bar! Cool blog, too.

Ken

Re: From Old Spool to Ottoman...

Laurel: Old wire spools---quintessential and classic. Adding wheels---genius! NICE!

Ken

Re: Corbel Wall Sconce Lamp

Jim, another classic piece creatively re-purposed and uniquely embellished with Healy ingenuity. Fun, sophisticated, and very cool.

Well done!
Ken

Re: Summer Tablescape

Hey Sue, your large metal tray with legs looks like a drip pan that would be installed under an HVAC unit or some other machine. What a nice job on this vignette. Thanks.

Ken

Re: Carom and pop crate on croquet balls coffee table

The crate is cool, and the balls make it fun. Great repurpose.
Ken

Re: Tootsie Toy Car Necklaces

Hidie, what a cool idea and great gift for a lucky lady. The concept, colors, and added embellishment are perfect. Well done!
Ken

Re: Turning Unwanted Ceiling Light Fixtures into Planters

Bob, great re-purpose and a refreshing alternative for displaying plants. So cool!

Ken

Re: Industrial - Dorm Room Table

Jim, beautiful transition from oil drum to dorm table. May I ask is the plywood top affixed to the drum?

Well done. Thanks.

Ken

Re: How To Turn an Old Coffee Table into Beautiful Signage

Jasmin, another cool and out of the box re-purpose project on an everyday item. Well said, well done.
Ken

Re: New Use for Old Decking

Carrie, this re-purpose looks too good for the garage (although I'm sure its' pressure treated wood warranted this location)! This warm and very inviting space is quite beautiful.

Ken

Re: Back to the Drawing Board

Jim, well said and well done. Your sketches are suitable for framing.

Thanks!

Ken

Re: Entry table

Studio76----this table rocks! Nice colors that pop and funky legs takes this repurpose over the top.

Thanks!

Ken

Re: Upcycled Chandelier

Suzanne, your rehabilitation of this chandelier is artistically creative and so appealing. Beautiful job! I love the effects of candlelight and have used large votive glasses (4" H x 2 3/4" D) affixed to chandelier arms with silicone (or another secure method) and then place a regular sized votive glass and candle inside of that for illumination. When the candle burns out, it is now simple to remove, clean, and replace. I have had numerous taper candle failures resulting in wax getting in places you don't want, but I didn't want to stop using candles to get that desired effect. I hope this helps.

Ken

P.S. This votive method works well inside or outdoors, as well, as the flame is protected from breezes....

Re: Can you dig this?

Zazzyzee, a very cool canvas for your garden gal. Beautiful!

Ken

Re: Centerpieces

Amber, you have a phenomenal talent. Well done!

Ken

Re: Coffee Stations from No Hope Dressers!

Jasmin, your work is exceptional and so "en vogue" in today's coffee culture revolution. Well done. Thanks!

Ken

Re: THIS FENCE WILL MAKE YOU STALL!

Vicki, your Yorkies never had it so good! A beautiful job and a great re-purpose.... Thanks.

Ken

Re: THIS FENCE WILL MAKE YOU STALL!

Vicki, your Yorkies never had it so good! A beautiful job and a great re-purpose.... Thanks.

Ken

Re: food crate ottoman

Frank, nice re-purpose and good functional use as an ottoman and coffee table.

Ken

Re: A Bar Everyone Can Join in On!

Lani, very cool (or should I say "hot") bar in your beautiful space! Thanks for the peek.

Ken

Re: FUN~k~tional Junkin Art

Jasmin, well done and artistically clever. Nice!

Ken

Re: Junkin Around the House

Jasmin, thanks for your house tour. I love it all. The "eye" is rewarded everywhere we look!

Ken

Re: Burn Pile Rescue

Becky, a generous and wonderful rescue,and an extraordinary restoration. Well done! Thank you.

Ken

Re: Deck-orating...

Laurel, you have created a resplendent setting. WELL DONE!

Ken

Re: Goodwill Tin

Ya gotta love the 'will!

Ken

Re: My Hunky Chunky Coffee Table

Melissa, wow, this is nice! A charming, distinctive version of the much sought after industrial cart. Thanks.

Ken

Re: Colorful Pallet

Resplendent!

Thanks,

Ken

Re: Hardware, Rust, and Rhinestones

Betsy, these cardholders are so cool. You have a great eye in this great marriage of unrelated items to make something unique and creative.

Thanks.

Ken

Re: Funky Coffee Table

Funky combination of classic vintage components. It works well and inspires. Thanks!

Ken

Re: First of the 2012 "Top Ten" Picks from JMS Editors and Contributors

Hi Lani. Thanks for the "plug" on your gas cylinder cap. Your 10 beautiful photos purely represent the 10 icons of wonderful, creative, and artistic junk. Well done!

Ken

Re: Marburger Farms - Garden Edition

Sue, well done. The quality of the video was high, fast paced, and so very interesting. You've taken this website to a new level.

Thank you.

Ken

Re: A Rusty Wall Pocket that's a Total Gas!

Hi Lani, your cover is actually a bottled gas cylinder cap. Your creation is beautiful and inspiring.... As usual. Thank you.

Re: Ahoy Mate! It's Junk Repurposed with a Coastal Theme.

Lani, this is beautiful! I can hear the waves.... Nice.

Re: What's Under That Glass Dome?

Works of art! Thank you for elevating these little guys to prominence again. First time around, a simple trophy; second, an elegant, sophisticated focussed display worthy of this site. They are beautiful.

Also, discovered your website www.junkgirls.com. AWESOME.

Thanks again.

Ken

Re: Art Fun With Vintage Linoleum Cutters

Jenny, a single, simple tool laying down is missed and underappreciated. That same tool elevated on a pedastal or a stand becomes a beautiful work of art, with perhaps, many stories to tell of its' owner and past.

Well done and thanks.

Ken

Re: Church Treasures

Ah, church treasures! We have an assortment, too, a 7 foot long pew in our mud room, angel statuary, a large crucifix on a pedastal in the garden, altar candleholders, and the coup de grace, a 4 foot tall brass poor box, "Offerings for the Poor" in our hallway. We always encourage donations!

Your post is warm and inspiring. Thanks.

Ken

Re: High Fashion Junk

Great contrast, marriage, and funk in your design. Inspiring backgrounds!

Thanks.

Ken

Re: You Need a Little Copper in Your Diet

Jim, the crossover legs give your table "life". Great job, cool mix of materials, patina, and skill. Thanks.

Ken

Re: Moma's Old Smidgen Shop Treasures

Lezlee, well said, well done.

Thanks.

Ken

Re: MORE COLORFUL, JUNKY, KITCHEN

Your mosaic backsplash is a work of art! How clever and inspirational to undertake on a large area and in a busy room of your home. I am sure you will get many years of enjoyment from your creative efforts.

We live right near Philadelphia, and their is a mosaic "movement" where artists there do entire sides of buildings and houses in mosaic. Awe inspiring. Check it out!

Again, great job.

Ken

Re: A Thanksgiving JUNKMARKET Style

Sue, very unique & unusual! These happen to be carriers for bank transactions or any other paperwork, samples, etc. The carrier with its' contents gets placed in a sender chute and then compressed air shoots it to its' destination via a pipe. We use these at our facility to send oil samples to our lab for testing. Pretty neat. Nice job!

Re: My Simple Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday Project!

Lani, you gotta love glass. Whether it is a cloche, unusual bottle, or a table top, it simply yet dramatically illustrates the inner and structural beauty of most any item. Well done.

Ken

Re: Night-night Sugar...

Marie, love this lamp. The beauty, design, and quality of this piece is evermore enhanced by your illuminating it. Well done.

Ken

Re: Bed Spring Candle Holder

Sue, springs, coils, sprirals have a life of their own. This came out very cool. Thanks.

Ken

Re: A Simple Monday "Ah Ha!" Moment

Hello Sue, nice job with this mysterious find. I believe your wire mesh hardware pieces are known as "chinese fingers", which are used when stringing steel cable for replacement on an existing cable drum. In our facility, we have a 100 foot high warehouse serviced by an automated robotic crane. The crane runs on a steel track and elevates pallets of product via this vertical cable moving the shuttle up and down to the proper bin location to store. When we are required to replace the cable for normal preventative maintenance, we cut the old cable and splice the "chinese finger" in place with new cable. Now tethered together, the old cable is removed and the new cable is strung in place. Pretty neat.

Ken

Re: There might be something FISHY about this FUN(nel) lamp!

Marie, as soon as I saw this I started hearing "Octopuses Garden" by the Beatles. What a creative masterpiece. Thanks.

Ken

Re: Just Plain Horse Sense

Jenny, well said.... Well done!

Ken

Re: Barn Burner Wall Sconce

Jim, barns are big, beautiful,kind and full of purpose, and when they sadly pass on, their afterlife still yields many, many treasures. Nice job!

Ken

Re: A night at the doll cemetary...

Jill, my kind of junk! Great creative result from seemingly junky discards. Simply sublime!

Ken

Re: Clean-up that Yard With a Little Junk!

Lanette, your backyard rocks with a symphony of junk style! Your detail in everything shows. Thanks!

Ken

Re: Inspiration #2

RustyDiva, here you go....
The cool grapevine goblets are obviously good by themselves, or you simply could arrange the 3 of them as they are pictured with real grapes for a centerpiece on a table.
How about this no brainer... candleholders. And finally, invert one of them, add glue to the base and add that rectangle tray to make a pedastal stand. It could be cool.

Enjoy and good luck.

Ken

Re: Old Shipping Crate Flower Boxes

Laurel, very nice and cool with the vintage writing on the crates. I'm sure these would work well on the other side of your window inside your house, with interior plants.

Thanks.

Ken

Re: window table

Well done, Yaya!

Re: "The Key to Your Universe is That You Can Choose"

Good morning, Jenny

The best thing about this is not the keys, or the box, but your subtle compilation of it all bounded by your simple, yet powerful quote. How inspiring! Thank you for sharing all your projects with us.

Ken

Re: Wall Hanging Made With Multi-Colored Springs

Jenny, way cool! I love springs, coils, hooks, hardware of all genres. The mass of these together is quite appealing and striking, yet simple. Great job.

Ken

Re: FIREPIT SCREEN CHANDELIER

Thank you, all, for your kind and generous comments. You never know how something in your head will really turn out, until you try it....

Re: Adirondack from salvage

Both versatile either inside or outside, a beautiful creation. The window, too, a cool touch.

Thanks.

Ken

Re: What's New Pussy Cat - Contributor Challenge

Jim, cool lamp and awesome shade. Tom Jones will never be the same.

Ken

Re: Picture Holder Perfect for a Crash Test Dummy!

Wow! The guardrail re-purposed for artwork and then re-purposed again for a votive candle shelf. Awesome job from a great find.

Thank you.

Ken

Re: Old Door Coffee Table

Doors rock! Cool job.

Ken

Re: Shabby Chic Windchimes

Susyn, you know you're good when you can mentally dismember something for that certain cool part for yet a better application. Wonderful job.

Ken

Re: cottage blue shabby chic end table

Careyanne, sweet job!

Ken

Re: Beach Driftwood Jewelry Hangar

Ya gotta love driftwood.... Nature's way of beautiful junk on the beach. Nice job!

Ken

Re: Cinder Block Raised Planter Bed

Susyn, whatever it takes to abscond the prized treasure, i.e, wagon, hoofing it, tractor-trailer! Great job.

Ken

Re: Take another little piece of my junker's heart windchime

You obviously had too much fun, and your description of your experience here is way too funny! Your windchimes are clever, cool, and inspiring! And always remember: you can never have too much COWBELL!

Thanks.

Ken

Re: Another JUNK wind chime...

Marie,great job op this chime! I love that middle one which is very unusual adding to the uniqueness of this cool piece.
Seeing this work of art sway makes me ponder of the soul who used these. Thank you.

Ken

Re: Ready To WORK

Georgia, your organization is inspiring! I know my huge weakness (I have many!)is organization, or lack there-of. I oftentimes cannot pass up ANYTHING that stands out to me on the curb, at the Flea, or at a sale, and then when returning to home, I pile it in my studio, aka, space formerly know as my garage for future diagnosis for yet another creation. My only navigation in there is a "natural" path that just "happens" after I drop off my new found treasure. I guess psychoanalysis would be in order for those like me in this situation. Organization for us is only temporary, but at least I am in great company!

Thanks.

Ken

Re: One of My Top Ten - Cloches!

Lanette, as you know, their is something about glass cloches & pedastals which add sophistication, importance, yet simplicity to what is ever elevated and on display. Your concepts are beautiful & inspiring. Thanks.

Ken

Re: Great Crates

Hey Jim, your work is always fun, cheerful, eclectic, and inspirational. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Ken

Re: Button Tray

Shelly, you gotta love the 'Will. Great job and welcome to the party.

Ken

Re: "Generating" a new lamp

Marie, every inch of this light is creeping with character! What's fun about this is you have retained the important moving parts yet dressed it appropriately with the redwood base, flowers, and a "saved" unique shade. It is a beauty!

Thanks.

Ken

Re: Sue, Kathie Lee and Hoda on Today!

Sue, great job on 'national' TV today. You just elevated door knobs, bird cage bases, and restaurant dishes to a lofty, sought-after status. This junk will never be the same!

We await your next venue. Again, a wonderful job! Thank you.

Ken

Re: Chick feeder

Great re-purpose for a unique collection. Thanks.

Ken

Re: Rusty Pliers & Horseshoe with Bird Nest

Rust never sleeps. Amazing how the man-made & the natural come together in this piece. Looks amazing!

Ken

Re: "Spring" flowers Light up my day!

Springs Rule! Nice & new application for them, too. Thanks.

Ken

Re: Yet Another mint tin project- Super Tin

Rob, nice, cool time piece! Thanks.

Ken

Re: Old Window Mirror

Great job.... Love the window handle, which adds so much interest. Thanks!

Ken

Re: "Tools"

Ya gotta love tools! Complex, one-of-kind, soothing creation. Thank you.

Ken

Re: Doll Leg Vase

Nothing says floral beauty like an arrangement in a doll's leg! Everything works on this cool piece. Great job!

Ken

Re: Sea Glass Driftwood Centerpiece/Candle Holder

Great finds and looks so cool with the contrasting colors.

Re: Blossom

Nice assembly of "odd" components. It works!

Ken

Re: Fish Box Cat Bed

Lucky cat! Nice job.

Ken

Re: Catch Me on The Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda!

You're gonna wake up in the city that never sleeps,you're king of the hill, top of the (junk)heap! A # 1.

Congratulations and good luck in the Big Apple!

Ken

Re: HERCULES POWER Mirror Project

Jenny, if there ever was a definition for "CLASSIC" junk, this is it! What a unique piece transformed into a useful thing of beauty.... and inspirational, too!
Thanks.

Ken

Re: Turbin Lamp

Great shade = cool lamp. Thanks.

Re: a good day shopping :)

Ya know what's great about these lamps? You can display ANYTHING in them... and at this site, we await your masterpiece! Good luck and can't wait.

Re: Generator lamp

You gotta love old VW's. My Dad had one and got so much MPG that I thought he filled his tank up with a garden hose!

To convert this defunct generator into a lamp, especially from a '64 vintage VW, is great!

Re: Funky Funnel Lamp

Jim, very cool lamp. Very unusual raw materials expertly combined to create something out of the ordinary.... or "strange".

I like that.

Re: Faucet Knob Art Pieces

A warm, wild, wonderful collection of unique and artful things. One faucet knob a tune... many, a symphony! THANKS.

Re: Strange Cargo Returns.

A BIG THANK YOU to Candy, aka, Junk Sophisticate to document how to properly re-size photos in order to upload onto JMS. I thought I was banned from the site permanently as I consistently proved my PC illiteracy and couldn't move a *&^$@* photo. At last I have been liberated!

Thank you.

Re: Entry table/old sewing machine base

A beautiful setting. Sewing machine bases are look great anywhere.

Thanks.

Re: Dreaming bench

Sweet! Nice color & sentiment, too. Thanks.

Re: Very Inexpensive Bathroom Makeover

Wonderful job! Great window and adaption to this room. Wainscoting, lighting, paint, shelving & window all results in a beautiful room!

Re: STRANGE CARGO CONTINUED....

Cirlam, the glass part was obviously the most expensive, about $100 for a 31" X 78" X 1/4" tempered piece. But I rationalize that I can sit 8 guests at once at this one-of-a-kind table. I have placed two sewing machine bases underneath and secured with wood screws. It's funny to watch our guests trying to figure out what and how this all goes together. I look for their experience at my house to be FUN!

Additionally, I made my 15 year old son a desk utilizing the same concept, so he can spread out his school work, projects, as necessary. I even have started to see some "junk creativity" from him!

Thank you for your kind comments.

Ken

Re: It's a Spinner

A huge spinning gear mold in the window? Of course! Yet again, finding the unexpected where you least expect it.... You make this stuff fun and bring out the passion in it!

Thanks, again, for inspiring us.

Ken

Re: Shimmer Me Timbers

Wonderful project! I love anything that is illuminated by candle, and yours is a knock out! Of course, the ceiling grate,rusty chain, and related hardware takes it over the top.

Thanks for a great website.

Ken

Re: Out of this World Chandelier

Vintage, modern, clever, cool!

Re: S T R A N G E CARGO...... the saga continues.

Thanks for your generous comments. This stuff is fun! The stems are gathered at Marshall's, Maxx's, etc. and are sold as toilet tissue stands. I cut the stand base off and then am left with the squigley rod. It's too nice for toilet paper!

Re: Guttercap centerpiece

These guttercaps have such organic form & function, and when juxtaposed with the flower, becomes a standout sculpture. Nice job.

Re: Antique Door Knob Coat Hooks

A very special project with a sentimental touch. Beautiful.

Re: Broken Chair for Display

Salvaged well! Looks great.

Re: On Newsstands Now!

Sue & Team Junk.... Great magazine and DVD. I've seen the DVD twice now and am motivated, inspired, and on the lookout! Truly a great piece of work. Thank you and will be looking for more!

Re: Assemblage Fun With Georgia Moon & JennyK

WONDERFUL CREATIONS! YOU HAVE MADE THE MOST MUNDANE HARDWARE REGAL! THANK YOU.

Re: Old Dresser Re-mix (appliance garage)

Love that long window above the dresser, too! Everything looks great.

Re: On Newsstands Now!

GOT TO GET IT!

Re: Viking Cowboy and Sailor Joe Lock People

What wonderful works of art! Every individual component draws the eye and mind, too, to see the beauty, and the soul of your creations. WOW!

Re: Wisdom Gal

How unusual. Every detail on this piece just makes the Churchill quote more powerful. Beautiful!

Re: Toilet Topper

A great collaboration of otherwise cast-off materials created into a functional art piece. Nice!

Re: "BEWARE" of Tarnished Silver!!!

That scripted "1910" is unbelievable! I can almost visualize the maker inscribing this proud piece. Thanks.

Re: Merry Christmas to Me

This piece I'm sure is thanking you for its' adoption. What a magnificant find! Thank you.

Re: Old Dresser Re-mix (appliance garage)

This dresser is saying "thank you" for its' new life! What a fine job yo did.

Re: Candle Holders!

These are beautiful! Another use, in addition to the candle holder would be to use these wonderful architectural elements as pedastals. Anything elevated,i.e.,candles, plants,orbs,sculpture,is truly honored and becomes the focus. Very cool stuff. Thanks.

Re: MORE FROM STRANGE CARGO....

As you all know, I don't think anyone is truly satisfied unless you can create something from that "normally" discarded item. I am always looking out for that banished sofa to dissect and recover the springs, the legs, whatever, for some future project.

Re: 11-01 JUNKIN' GIONI STRIKES AGAIN!

Coooool finds... looking forward to the finished product!

Re: Pssst. Don't tell anyone, but....

Fascinating creation and a great conversation piece! I especially like the function of it being chairs of a different kind. Thanks!

Re: STRANGE CARGO CONTINUED....

Hey Sue, thanks for the kind comments. Just for the record, I have 2 boys, Tom 15 & Joe turning 8.... Both natural born junkers!

Springs do rule!

Re: Vintage Fireplace Grate Shelf

Don't you love people that get rid of stuff that has such individual value? Great job.

Re: Tin Ceiling Fixture Lamp & Sign

Great collaboration of found objects and they all compliment each other. Thank you.

Re: Sewing Machine Drawer Charging Station

Very nice. Alot cooler than Pottery Barn!

Re: Industrial BirdFeeder

A wonderful creation from simple stuff. Love your website, too!

Thank you.

Re: I'll Take Bottles for $300 Please Alex

Ahhhhh, don't get me started on bottles! My first memorable experience with bottle collecting started when I was mowing my Grandfather's lawn (age 13)in upstate NY. Pushing this old mower, I looked down and spotted an Atwood's Bitter bottle partially scratching through the earth's surface. Well, I helped it the rest of the way, and from that moment on I was hooked! Ya gotta love bottles!

Re: THIS IS TOO COOL!

Awesome job! Vintage suitcases are not only functioanl, but artistic in their own way. Looks great!

Re: Old door vanities and benches

Wow, old doors are irresistable, I can't drive passed one! Great job with all of your creations. Thanks!

Re: Priceless

Another gem in the rough and rescued!

Re: Who's There?

The sum of all these pieces is beautiful.

Re: Oar Lamp

Very cool lamp... the pail is so different. T h a n k s !!!