Two new lamps

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Project by MalcolmLaurel posted 03-29-2016 12:04 AM 862 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

These are two new lamps, unrelated except for the black weathering on the wood. I can’t even guess what kind of wood it is.

The smaller one is a hollow root piece that I found on a hiking trail behind my house in CT, with the upright made of mountain laurel and shellacked. Inside the base I glued a rock to give it some weight and make it balance. The tall one is a piece I found on the side of Rattlesnake Mountain in the Ramapo mountains of southern NY near my cabin, with a rock base from a stream bank in CT, drilled with a diamond core drill. Both had this black patina that I didn’t want to touch, delicate as it is, so neither one is really cleaned up much beyond what I could get off with running water and very gentle rubbing I tried shellacking a scrap and didn’t like the effect. On the tall one I did use some Minwax ebony stain to touch up some minor dings on the back side.

The tall one was straight enough that I managed to drill it using a 24” long drill I found at Horror Freight, while the small one I did with my usual technique. The tube supporting the socket on the tall one is copper tubing, bent to curve around the top, with a copper lamp socket. I really do need to find a more suitable lamp shade for the tall one.

Now I just have to figure out how to price them for an upcoming show…

-- Malcolm Laurel -

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#1 posted 03-29-2016 04:03 PM

I think they are both NEAT!

I like the shade on the tall one.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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