Railroadware.com – American Remade Collection, Martha Stewart American Made

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Railroadware

Collection of Western & railroad inspired products. All American Remade lighting, hardware & toys made from glass, steel & waste stream material.

About American Made

American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.

For more than 20 years, Martha Stewart has celebrated this spirit of innovation in the pages of her magazines and on her television shows. Now, through American Made, Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.

Judge’s Criteria

The executive editorial team of Martha Stewart Living will serve as category judges and oversee the selection process. Martha serves as head judge and makes the final picks. The judges will base their selections on the following criteria:

    Innovativeness, demonstrated creativity, and originality of idea

  • Originality and level of creativity
  • Clearly identifiable customer need
  • Customer value and usability

    Workmanship

  • Quality of materials used
  • Attention and care paid to product details and/or customer satisfaction
  • Level of craftsmanship involved in production

    Appearance

  • Unique design aesthetic
  • Visual appeal of product packaging
  • Compelling logo and/or typography

    Embodiment of American Made theme

  • Use of local components and processes
  • Engagement of local community

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Everything Old Can Be New Again – Raymond James App

Upcycling reflects modern design, cost effectiveness and sustainabilityUpcycling is the process of turning unwanted materials or useless products into a quality new product with the added benefit of keeping what was once trash out of a landfill. It’s an evolution of recycling, which generally breaks down unwanted materials and turns them into similar new materials. On the other hand, upcycling also lends itself to creating something more valuable than the original material or, at least, more unique.

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Railroadware: Light Fixtures from Upcycling Track – San Francisco Chronicle

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Upcycling has such a hold on the decor world these days that we wonder if there’s anything that can’t be re-envisioned as a home accessory.

In Chico, for example, architect Tim Leefeldt has turned a fixation on relics of western expansion and the early telecommunications industry into a second career creating decorative fixtures.

Glass insulators, railroad castoffs and old traffic light lenses are transformed into colorful pendant lights, candle holders, rustic hooks, cabinet pulls and racks for his Railroadware line.

Once ubiquitous, glass insulators were originally designed in the 1850s to protect wires on telegraph lines, and later on telephone and power lines. Leefeldt, 52, used them as target practice during his summers in Nevada in the late 1970s, but it wasn’t until he came across a Hemingray glass insulator at an Oroville antiques store four years ago that inspiration struck.

“I wanted to explore its use as a light,” he says. But it took a lot of drilling to make it work. He had to try different drill bits to find one that would penetrate the thick glass without shattering it…

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