Military Hardware Decoratively Re-Purposed

Stockpile Designs is the bomb at re-purposing:

The lamp pictured above is made with the tail fins of a 100-lb bomb from the Korean War. Paint and corrosion are removed to expose gleaming steel, interrupted by rough machinists marks from the factory. The interior of the fins retains the original turquoise paint, for a subtle wink of color. Finished with a polished nickel socket, elegant cloth-wrapped cord, and an ultra-premium natural linen shade. – Price: $780

The above lamp is made from a MK23 Practice Bomb was used by the Navy during WWII for dive-bombing trials. The central shaft was fitted with a flare, so the pilots could judge their accuracy from the air.  – Price $120

The above light is made from a Cluster bomb bomblet.  Cluster bombs were hollow cylinders, with compartments packed with these explosive bomblets. At a certain altitude the casing of the cluster bomb would split, and the bomblets would spring open and fall towards the target. Unfortunately, bomblets sometimes failed to detonate on impact, leading to civilian deaths for years after the end of conflict. – Price $90

You can check out the rest of their designs at

Really neat stuff.  You automatically know it’s going to be quality just looking at the materials and the craftsmanship from back in the day.  The prices aren’t that bad either, especially for the smaller items.

Hat tip: Justin W, Kev, Lisa P



Bear March 6, 2012 at 08:09 am

So…is this considered eco-freindly? :)

Doug March 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I’ve been looking to do this sort of thing with a worn out military surplus rifle for years. I’ve just had hard luck finding someone that has one at the right time.

Doug Jones March 6, 2012 at 07:28 pm

Ah, that’s nothing, at XCOR we have bases for a lamp and a table that started out as rocket engines at the long-defunct Rotary Rocket Company (where we worked before founding XCOR). Reduce, reuse, recycle!

ENDO-Mike March 6, 2012 at 08:08 pm

Wow I just checked out your website. It sure looks like an interesting company Doug!

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