Taliesin Table Lamp

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Project by Chris posted 10-01-2016 02:07 PM 3124 views 13 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Frank Lloyd Wright design of his Taliesin table lamp made for his house in Taliesin Wisconsin in 1912. Made from mahogany (1/2” and 1/4”). Shades and boxes are removable for easy bulb replacement. This used 5 – 7 1/2 watt bulbs. The hardest part for this woodworker was wiring the lamp…my local electricians have nothing to fear from Scrollsaw Chris! Thanks for looking.

-- Chris, Virginia

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#1 posted 10-01-2016 02:18 PM

Lovely. Like a lot. Much wood, and light, really impressive. Congratulations

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#2 posted 10-01-2016 06:11 PM

First I saw it and looked cool, then saw the picture with it lite up and thought “ccccooooooollll” nice work

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#3 posted 10-02-2016 01:00 AM

Outstanding, working on lamps for my kids Christmas presents now gives me a few more ideas. Thanks for posting. Congrats on Daily Top 3!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 10-02-2016 11:57 AM

Hi Chris,

Like Eugh, not enough o’s in cool to describe this.

The shades look pretty straight forward being keyed into dado’s in the pole. Are the boxes just three sided and slide on to the blocks mounted to the pole? It looks like you would need to keep those pretty tight to prevent sagging.

Potential Christmas gift for my architect father in-law.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#5 posted 10-02-2016 02:26 PM

Cool lamp I had always admired his architecture, Had even wanted to be an architect. Worked for one summer as a draftsman in a firm in Michigan.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 10-03-2016 04:44 AM

Nice work, very unique shape. Lokks very nice with ’’lights up’’.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 10-03-2016 10:23 AM

Beautiful lamp. Some time ago I made flooring Taliesin lamp. I like Frank LLoyd Wright design. Nice work.

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#8 posted 10-03-2016 08:16 PM

I can virtually guarantee that your version is about nine times as good/nice as the original. We toured Taliesen in Wisconsin this summer, and it was pretty incredible to see his original furniture in such crummy shape.

He did so much with plywood (maybe the amazing new material of the day?)—with tacked on edge banding—and it just ends up not looking too great after the last century+. Miters are coming apart, joints have large gaps, some of the plywood de-laminating…. Just not a great look—certainly not compared to yours.

The forms and shapes are wonderful—and the indirect lighting is so warm on that wood.

Sometimes the old craftsmanship CAN be improved upon!

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#9 posted 02-17-2017 12:18 AM

gorgeous project! looks great with that wood choice!

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#10 posted 01-14-2019 01:39 PM

very nice, are the shades solid wood and did you have to glue up pieces to keep it from warping? thanks

-- check, recheck then check again

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#11 posted 01-15-2019 12:16 AM

Solid wood red oak….a fun project!

-- Chris, Virginia

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