Don Winterhalter's Profile

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I have always lived somewhere in the overlap between science and art. I've been tinkering with electronics since I was old enough to hold a soldering iron and later, I graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a BFA. I worked in R&D for a big computer company and then started a software company that has been building software for a small but loyal group of customers for almost 20 years. I still go back and help them when they need it and I'm glad to still be a part of what they do.

I’ve been lucky enough that for most of my life, my job has also been my hobby. My latest job and hobby is designing interesting luminaires based on the properties of high brightness LEDs. The first commercial product was a high impact lighting fixture for store windows (convo me for details) and the more unusual ideas that won't become factory built commercial products are left for me to create as ha…

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  • Born on May 4
  • Joined October 16, 2011

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Glass, metal, plastic, electronics, lego, mica, LEDs

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About

I have always lived somewhere in the overlap between science and art. I've been tinkering with electronics since I was old enough to hold a soldering iron and later, I graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a BFA. I worked in R&D for a big computer company and then started a software company that has been building software for a small but loyal group of customers for almost 20 years. I still go back and help them when they need it and I'm glad to still be a part of what they do.

I’ve been lucky enough that for most of my life, my job has also been my hobby. My latest job and hobby is designing interesting luminaires based on the properties of high brightness LEDs. The first commercial product was a high impact lighting fixture for store windows (convo me for details) and the more unusual ideas that won't become factory built commercial products are left for me to create as handmade works of technological art. Yes, I make the lights that you see here by hand with a drill, soldering iron, screwdriver, dremel, etc. Some of the metal and plasic may be cut to my specifications in a machine shop based on artwork created by me with CAD software. I've even designed a heat sink which was custom extruded for a project that I'm working on.

I've also started making earrings out of LEGO(r) pieces and they're a spinoff that I never expected to happen. Sure, you can find 50 different stores that sell these kind of earrings here on Etsy, but mine are different. Look around and tell me if you see others that are like mine. And of course, if you see anything in my store that you like, please feel free to buy it. I'm excited to be here and I'm happy to be making things that people enjoy.

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