KhalimaLights

Artisan Lighting Handmade in the South

South Carolina, United States · 653 Sales

KhalimaLights

Artisan Lighting Handmade in the South

South Carolina, United States 653 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Welcome to Khalima Lights! We will be taking a break for some family refresh time 7/22 - 7/31. Orders are being taken as usual and lead times will not be affected. There may be a slight delay returning messages, but please don't hesitate to contact us. We will be checking in periodically, and will get back to you.

Custom light makers from Charleston, South Carolina and UL listed manufacturers. Featured in Charleston Magazine, Charleston Home, Apartment Therapy, and more. We are classically trained coppersmiths, bringing old world craftsmanship to our enduring lighting designs. Heirloom quality custom lighting is just a conversation away.

All of our fixtures are designed and built by us, Robert and Lindsay, entirely by hand in our little workshop in the woods on Wadmalaw Island, just down river from Charleston, SC. We are blessed to be surrounded by grand oaks, farms, and fields of flowers - all of which infuse our designs and crafting process.
We take great pride (and enjoyment) in the handcrafting process involved in every light fixture we make. We choose the highest quality materials; then cut, bend, sculpt, solder, weld, and patina everything by hand, creating what we know we can stand behind as a beautiful work of art that will last a lifetime.

We specialize in custom lighting, and are pleased to work with those in the trade on residential and commercial projects. UL listing is available for certain designs upon request. For our standard offerings, please see individual item descriptions for information on UL certification for each product. Some designs come UL certified, some may be upgraded to a UL certified product, and some are not available in UL certified versions.

We create all kinds of wonderful things in our little workshop in the woods. Hope you enjoy all you see.

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 22, 2016

Welcome to Khalima Lights! We will be taking a break for some family refresh time 7/22 - 7/31. Orders are being taken as usual and lead times will not be affected. There may be a slight delay returning messages, but please don't hesitate to contact us. We will be checking in periodically, and will get back to you.

Custom light makers from Charleston, South Carolina and UL listed manufacturers. Featured in Charleston Magazine, Charleston Home, Apartment Therapy, and more. We are classically trained coppersmiths, bringing old world craftsmanship to our enduring lighting designs. Heirloom quality custom lighting is just a conversation away.

All of our fixtures are designed and built by us, Robert and Lindsay, entirely by hand in our little workshop in the woods on Wadmalaw Island, just down river from Charleston, SC. We are blessed to be surrounded by grand oaks, farms, and fields of flowers - all of which infuse our designs and crafting process.
We take great pride (and enjoyment) in the handcrafting process involved in every light fixture we make. We choose the highest quality materials; then cut, bend, sculpt, solder, weld, and patina everything by hand, creating what we know we can stand behind as a beautiful work of art that will last a lifetime.

We specialize in custom lighting, and are pleased to work with those in the trade on residential and commercial projects. UL listing is available for certain designs upon request. For our standard offerings, please see individual item descriptions for information on UL certification for each product. Some designs come UL certified, some may be upgraded to a UL certified product, and some are not available in UL certified versions.

We create all kinds of wonderful things in our little workshop in the woods. Hope you enjoy all you see.

Lindsay and Robert MacLeod

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Updates

Hate to wait? We hear ya! We've been hard at work building up stock of some of our most popular designs. Now offering the Lume flush mount and wall sconce READY TO SHIP, with more quick ship designs to come. Can we get a "What-what!!!"?
Rust patina rocks! Bundling up a recent batch of Waycaster Barn Sconces to go to their new homes.

About

Our Workshop in the Woods

My husband, Robert, and I are amazed at the blessing of a life we have been given to live. We make our home on the little rural farming island of Wadmalaw, 20 miles south of the most beautiful city in the US (seriously, it won the title in a national travel mag), Charleston, SC. To get to work, we walk about 20 feet from our back door to our little shop in the back yard. We have been married for 11 years, have the most precious little 3 year old son, and are so blessed to be able to work together making art, all the while enjoying being with our son.

I was born in Oregon, and raised in Charleston from 3 years old on. Robert is from Jacksonville, FL and walked - yes, walked - to Charleston in 1998, and called it home. In short, we met, became best friends, skipped dating all together and got married, and lived and worked all sorts of jobs. Then one day, a friend at church offered Robert a job building lanterns. He passed on it, but volunteered me, as I had been wishing I could leave my long-time gig at the public library for a different job. Especially an artsy job. So, I went for it. And it turns out, I was kinda good at it! I never would have guessed. I got a job apprenticing under master coppersmith and lantern maker, John Gantt, and gleaned all I could. And now I'm going on 10 years as a craftsman in the field. *Interesting side note: I found out, after taking this coppersmithing job, that my great grandfather had been a coppersmith by trade in Saratoga Springs, NY. My grandpa was so excited and proud of my new profession, that he busted out all of these incredible stories about my family that he had never thought to tell me before. So, it's literally in my blood. And I guess that's why I love it so much that I don't mind getting all cut up and burnt and smelling like an old penny!

Robert, who had been in the construction trade for way too long, had done his share of coppersmithing too - building pope's caps for chimneys, copper roofs, etc. Big scale stuff. He loved it more than anything else he had ever done. And he had a good eye for design. An art and architecture background, and an uncanny ability to do anything he decides to try. He was a natural.

So when circumstances changed and starting our own business building custom lighting seemed to make good sense, it was only natural that we would work together. Now, that didn't always get to happen. Business was slow at first, and Robert still had to work lots of construction jobs. I took other jobs too - like caring for horses, and helping Mr. Gantt with his last business venture that he started at the spry age of 80, the Charleston Hooker (it's a handmade cooking utensil, that is still made in Charleston).

After our son was born though, figuring out how to make this business of ours work became a real need. I was staying home with him, and that was that - no second guessing. But it broke Robert's heart to leave us every day and go away to work. And there just wasn't much construction work to be had anyway. It was tough - really tough. We cried out to the Lord, and He heard our cry. He worked on our hearts, changing our perception of a "good life", purging the things we thought we needed and didn't, and broke us down until our lives became much more simple. But so much better. Now, instead of longing for much, we long for little and are overjoyed with less. The more we lost, the more enjoyable life seemed to become, and the more we knew Jesus as our true provider and Worthy of total trust. And what do you know? We eventually got so busy with our business that Robert and I both had to stay at home to work full time. Now we work together in our shop, doors wide open enjoying the wildness of the woods around us, and our son playing at our feet. We really couldn't ask for a better way to spend our days. And thankfulness pours out in all sorts of expressions.

When we're not building lights, we can be found doing lots of wonderful things. Like taking long walks down our road to enjoy the countryside, chasing after our son while he rides his little bike with training wheels, fishing in some nearby pond, heading to our church that we love (St. Andrews in the Old Village, Mt. Pleasant - for you locals), spending time with our array of interesting and wonderful friends, or driving/working on our growing collection of vintage Volkswagens. We own three buses - a '67, a '72, and a '79, and love to go camping in them as much as they let us.

If you're local (or planning a visit to our amazing city), we frequently offer semi-spontaneous craft classes in our shop. Mainly jewelery making. Send us a convo if you're interested in finding out more, or "like" us on Facebook at Khalima Lights Workshop.

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  • Robert

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Do-Boy, Coppersmith

    Robert is a wild man at heart. He was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. One day, he went for a long walk. About one month later, he found himself in Charleston, South Carolina, where the faces are smiling and the places are beautiful.

  • Lindsay

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Copper Wrangler

    Lindsay was born in Oregon, and raised in Charleston, SC. She is grateful to be a wife, a mom, and an artist. Lindsay enjoys country living and city visiting. Most days, you will find her teaching kids, making things, and cooking for many.

  • Zion

    Maker, Bottle Cap Smasher, Punny Joke Teller

    Zion is almost 4 years old. He enjoys building sheds, garages, and space mobiles. He collects Hot Wheels, and has helped to change out a Volkswagen engine many times. Zion is learning how to read and ride a bike. He loves Bible stories and PB&J's

Shop policies

Last updated on July 4, 2016
Thank you for visiting Khalima! We're happy to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact us.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
When you check out with Etsy, you will have the option of paying directly with your Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover, or using PayPal. We also accept personal checks and money orders, subject to approval. Please contact us if you would prefer to pay with check or money order.
Shipping
Our lights are made by hand, and made-to-order, so each one has a lead time. Please refer to the lead time stated for each individual light to give you an idea of when your lights will ship. The lead times stated are the build times for the fixtures. If you order multiples of the same fixture, this does not affect the lead time, but if you order fixtures with different lead times, we normally ship all of the fixtures together based off of the light with the longest lead time. Depending on our work schedule, we may be able to offer expedited service for the building of your fixtures for an additional fee. Please contact us prior to ordering if an expedited lead time is needed.

Once the fixtures are built, we ship them out as quickly as possible, usually within 3 business days of completion.

We ship most of our orders via USPS with tracking and insurance included. If a parcel exceeds the size limits to go with USPS, and we usually ship with UPS. Once your order has shipped, we will send an email notification to you with your tracking and estimated delivery date so that you can do a happy dance and be on the lookout for your new lights.

International customers, please note: Your parcel may be assessed an additional customs fee once it enters your country. This fee is not included with our shipping charges, and is the responsibility of the customer. We are unable to calculate international customs fees, but if you have any questions, we suggest contacting your local post office.
Refunds and Exchanges
Due to the nature of our products, all sales are final. Changes or cancellations on sales may be considered on a case-by-case basis. We must be contacted within two days of the initial purchase to consider a change or cancellation. Once production has begun on an order, no refunds will be issued.

Damages: We build our lights to last for generations, and we want you to enjoy them for a lifetime. We take great care to package our lights as well as possible for shipping. In the event that damages do occur during shipping, we must be contacted within three days of receipt. We may request pictures of the damage to help us determine the best way to address any repairs. Most of the time, our lights are able to be repaired, usually very easily and quickly on-site. *FYI - Even after years of ownership, if one of our lights becomes damaged, we are happy to help address any repairs. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you need repair assistance.
Additional policies and FAQs
As of 7/1/16, Khalima Lights is a UL listed manufacturer! Many of our lights will now be offered in standard and UL versions (a UL version may require use of different style wire and additional hardware). If you are in need of a UL listed fixture for your project, please contact us.

Khalima assumes no responsibility for any damages incurred from our lighting. We build the cages, and put new electrical components purchased from an independent US company inside for you. Our lanterns are pieces of art, and are marketed in that way. We suggest that you have a certified electrician install the lantern for you, to inspect it for your state's code compliance and insure that it is hardwired to your home properly and that it is mounted securely to the ceiling or wall, which ever is applicable.