I want to touch base on something with you guys. There has been a question floating around for quite some time now on who has the original barn light. I have heard some bizarre speculations on who it could be, and frankly I want to get to the bottom of this first and foremost.
It all started a long long time ago when I was just a boy. I was playing baseball outside with my friends we were involved a very serious game of over the line. My best friend Jimmy Bean was up at the plate and let me tell you, he carries a big stick. I pitched him the ball and he absolutely devours it and it flies through the air and is heading directly towards Mrs. Peterman’s yard. The ball has so much velocity that it burns right through the tree and nails some old outdoor barn light that is hanging outside of her house. We, being kids, scatter and take off running. A few minutes later there is a knock at our door and it’s Mrs. Peterman! She is holding the old barn lighting fixture in her hand, and says “you know these aren’t just your average industrial barn lights. This is the Barn Light Original. I posted an image of it below!
She then asked if she could speak to my parents who were in the kitchen preparing my dinner. We were having Shepard’s Pie which is an original recipe from my great grandmother. So I let her come in and when she smelled the famous dish she dropped the original barn light and it shattered on the ground. She didn’t seem to care as if it wasn’t one of the original barn lights. All she wanted was to eat my moms home cooked dinner. So long story short, she didn’t get any food and the search for the barn light original continues.
So like I said, I recently got into barn lights. I started collecting them about a year ago when I saw one of the designers use them all over a house. He placed some in the bathroom, in the kitchen, and even in the patio, which I thought was pretty cool. How can one light wear so many hats? Well I guess the trick is in the color or finish, as they call it. In the bathroom, which had sleek, classier look, he mounted some black gooseneck barn lights. In the living room, which had a more rustic look, he mounted oil rubbed bronze wall lights, and in the kitchen, he changed it up with deep bowls.
Now, from what I understand, deep bowls aren’t your typical barn light fixtures, but every website I see that sells barn lights also sells deep bowls, so I think of these as being sort of like first cousins. I like deep bowls because they are also as flexible as barn lights. Depending on the finish you use, these can pretty much go anywhere. I’ve seen designers place them in modern kitchens, and I’ve also seen them above old vintage dining room tables. I presonally like deep bowls because, like barn lights, there isn’t much to them. They have a simple design that is not feminine, yet my old lady doesn’t mind them, and neither do I.
Originally, I started this blog with beer in mind, I am a beer enthusiast, and I wanted to dedicate a website to talking beer. But my old lady told me that I should grow up and find another hobby. So I did. My new hobby is barn lighting. Yeah, lots of you out there don’t know barn lights if they hit you on the head with one. Barnlights are America’s lighting sweehearts. And www.barnlightoriginals.com sells some nice looking barn light fixtures.
I got into them because I recently started a new job in construction. A buddy of mine owns the business, and he asked me if I wanted to help him out on the weekend doing interior barn lighting . Well, weekend work turned into fulltime work, and now I get to work directly with designers and architects.–pains in the ass usually, but their end-vision is usually impressive. I don’t like architects and especially designers, but I respect them. So, now that I found a new hobby, I’m gonna tell you all all about it.