There's just something satisfying about soldering copper pipe.
Smoke and flame.
Copper plumbing work has an industrial, artistic beauty about it. It's too bad most of it ends up hidden, sealed inside walls.
I've always loved the retro-tech look of Steampunk design. Wikipedia says, Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Yeah, that.
I started sketching ideas for a Steampunk lamp that would use various sizes of copper pipe as well as interesting fittings and gadgets. I did the sketches before I went shopping for parts, so I knew I'd have to make some adjustments, depending on what doodads I could get my hands on.