The Sicilian lemon

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Project by yao posted 07-12-2014 03:30 AM 1734 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Remember the old story? Italian writer Luigi Pirandello’s novel the Sicilian lemon.
Twenty years ago I was a teenager, this novel gave me a very deep impression. It tightly hold the reader’s heart, and would you mind to introduce into the real thinking… ... For love and betrayal, pure beauty, ideal and sensual, with degradation and destruction of thinking.
I always remember the last part of the novel: the girl holding the lemon rush in the banquet hall, Shouting: “behold, how good a lemon! This is the Sicilian lemon!”
I don’t know she was laughing or crying? Pride, or completely sadness?
So when more than 20 years later, I see home and bore a lot of insects, the discarded lemon, I can’t help but recall the story.
So I just use the lemon slices, and the story, the story of the tears and laughter, made into a lamp.
When lit up, the light through the dying lemon, against the surrounding darkness. The light is so weak, but I think: as long as everyone is a little hope in heart on, you can continue to go forward… ...

material:Pine wood, plywood, lemon, rose petals.
Decoration: dyeing, paint.

Design the manuscript:

Computer aided design.

Site abandoned old wood, scrap packing plate.

Gave birth to worm lemon slices

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#1 posted 07-12-2014 03:59 AM

This is a really unique and interesting project. Never seen fruit slices integrated with woodworking before. Are they just embedded in the final finish, or is there an epoxy pour? I liked seeing all your progress pictures, too. Your router jig for making the leg mortises is clever.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 07-12-2014 05:38 AM

Very cool lamp and post,cheers from italy

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 07-12-2014 01:38 PM

this has to be one of the most unique lamps going around. well done on execution and the idea!

-- - A daddy that loves playing with his kiddies and his tools!

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#4 posted 07-12-2014 02:46 PM

Wow! Wow!, Wow!, and Wow! These kinds of pieces is why I like to come to Lumberjocks everyday. This is beautiful and a great conversation piece and you’ve done a fine job on it. Congratulations and very well presented.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 07-12-2014 02:51 PM

Hi Yao,

This is a fantastic blog as well as a project. Thank you for sharing.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 07-12-2014 03:06 PM

Very unique. Great write up as well.

I’d like to see more of your belt sander holding device. I like it.

-- Groveland, CA.

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#7 posted 07-12-2014 07:16 PM

Fantastic and unique! Love the originality and design put into this.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#8 posted 07-12-2014 10:25 PM

Very Very creative. Wonderful looking too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 07-12-2014 11:43 PM

Very unique and interesting project, yao! Thank you for sharing it and the build pictures.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 07-13-2014 01:41 AM

Great project! Very unique idea.

-- I never finish anyth

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#11 posted 07-13-2014 03:21 AM

Thank you for the journey during the build process. I like this lamp a lot!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#12 posted 07-13-2014 03:49 AM

Glad that this made #1; one of the most unique, well documented projects I’ve seen on this site!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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