Shannon's Shade, An Exceptional Family Business in Lexington KEntucky

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The Shannon Shades Service SignService Exceptional at Shannon's Shade Service  in LexingtonMr Coleman Shannon founder of Shannon Lamp Service

A few months ago I needed a glass shade for a bulb.  I searched on line and could not find what I needed, stopped by Lowes, and tried the largest  electrical supplier in Lexington.  I finally was directed to Shannon's Shade Service at 1210 North Limestone.  I walked into the store and was greeted by a very nice woman who looked up the shade in a very old book and said she would order it for me but it may take a while.  A couple of weeks later she called and said she had found the shade while in an antique store.  I was ecstatic and very thankful.  So I visited the store this week to thank them and learn what I could learn about this family business.An Intricate Cut Shade Pattern on a Recreated Shade

 Mr. Shannon discovered that in order to get a lamp shade it had to be orderered from the east.  In those days before the internet if you wanted something you had to wait or make it.  So Coleman decided to learn how to make lamp shades.  He bought the necessary equipment and materials and began making lamp shades.  Today he continues to make custom shades for lamps for satisfied customers all over central Kentucky.Shade patterns that have been catalogued for the past 57 years.

This is a skilled craft.  Mr Shannon will reproduce any art work that was on the lamps.  So he cuts the flowers and paints the designs.  He crimps the cloth to create pleats and bends the metal to recreate the needed shape.  The results are stunningly beautiful.  I have tried to capture some of Mr Shannon's skilled work with photos but they really do not do him justice.  You will need to visit the shop.  Oh, by the way he also does stained glass and his son reconstructs wicker webbing on chairs.  

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