Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Sprung

Spring is upon us! 

We are all amazed by the mild Winter we have experience and now the advent of unheard of March 82 degree sunny days.
The streets and riverwalk in Elkader are filled with people after work and during breaks throughout the day. The St. Patricks day parade was the most attended I have ever seen. (Usually it involves parkas and snow removal equipment leading the way).
A transplant from Northern California, I still find the transition between seasons novel and invigorating. The ground is thawing, people are planning their gardens and farmers  are starting their fields all around us.
Here at the factory (or 'plant' as my grandfather used to call our shop), we have been germinating ideas all Winter and are ready to sow new seeds of our own. 
We have been watching the LED revolution the last few years, waiting for the right time to dive in. We think the technology is finally beginning to deliver in a way that is reliable and accessible enough for us to embrace.
It is as exciting as experiencing the change of Season. We are inspired by the unique qualities and wonderful promise LED holds for the future.
Bob has a que of new designs to photograph, and we are frustrating him as they are backing up faster than he can get the photos shot. The breadth of new ideas being explored is invigorating all of us here.
The green grass is shooting up outside, while inside it is fun to watch our own little green renewal in its infancy.
We look forward to sharing the fruits of our labors over the next few months. We hope that you will invite them to your table and feast. 
It is time for us all to come outside and play in the sun. Spring has sprung in Northeast Iowa!
Help us shine some light on the departing economic Winter and look toward brighter days. 


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fire Farm Peace Poles, an Ocean Apart

In 1846, one of the founders of the little town where Fire Farm is located decided to name the new settlement on the banks of the Turkey River in honor of an Algerian hero who had led his country's resistance to a French invasion. The hero was the Emir Abd El Kader, and the Iowa city name for him is still known as Elkader.

In the 1980s, a Sister City relationship between Elkader and Mascara, Algeria, the emir's birthplace, was formed. Recently, Fire Farm's Adam Pollock designed and produced twin peace poles inscribed with the Sister City's motto "May Peace Prevail" in English, French, and Arabic for display in parks in Elkader and Mascara. Both poles were given by Pollock as symbols of the commitment to peace which links the two cities.

The Elkader peace pole was presented in the presence of the Algerian ambassador as part of a rededication of an Elkader park named for the emir's birthplace. The pole's twin was shipped in Mascara, and Pollock recently received pictures of it in place in a park there. Accompanying the pictures was a letter from the mayor of Mascara expressing his city's friendship, continuing belief in the ideals of the Sister Cities' movement, and gratitude for Pollock's gift.

See more images of the peace pole here: Peace Pole 2482 Project Page


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Monday, February 28, 2011

Introducing Rosebud 3249 Pendant!

Introducing the brand-new Rosebud 3249 pendant!

Hand-formed from white acrylic, three layers of organic petals softly envelope a white globe encasing the lamping. Originally designed fro a client searching for "timeless contemporary elegance," this beautiful rosebud pendant delivers just that.

Designed by: Jim Walch, Adam Jackson Pollock and the Fire Farm Staff

Custom acrylic colors available
Dimensions: approx. 30"D x 30"H
Lamping: 1 x 32w CFL or 1 x 150w Type A Incandescent
On-site adjustable cord suspension
UL Listed
Made in USA

Go to Project Page here.

Download press release here.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Send Us Your Chip Photos!

We put out an all-call requesting photos from our lamp winners from our December Free Lamp contest, and the photos are starting to trickle in!

We'll be posting the photos on our Facebook page next week as they continue to roll in, but until then, I did a little photo shoot of my own to get your creative juices flowing. We're calling it "New In Town." Or maybe "When Chip Met Sally."

So, new Chip lamp owners, get out your cameras (or those new-fangled smartphones) and send yours in!

For more info on where to send your photos, click here.

P.S. I certainly went all out, but even just a straight-forward shot of your Chip in its new spot is fun to see, so show us what you've got!

— Amanda Wray

Friday, January 14, 2011

Winter Rosebud

About time for another sneak peek, yes?

More info to come, but for now, here's a glimpse at the latest bloom in our Fire Farm bouquet.

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Happy New Projects (and Year!)

Remember to keep an eye on our regularly updated Custom Projects Gallery.

New projects uploaded this week: Project 2702, Project 3060.001, Project 2802.004, Project 2802.003Project 2802.002, Project 3080, Project 2394.

Happy 2011, everyone!

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Holidays!

P.S.  For those of you that participated in the Free Lamp contest, we'll be notifying the winners (by email) when we return in January, and shipping out the lamps shortly thereafter. We got such a HUGE response, thanks everyone!