Arts & Crafts Floor Lamp

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Project by stanley2 posted 11-21-2017 07:33 PM 1591 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this lamp as part of a project involving 51 artists making projects out of one 111 year old walnut tree. The oneTree exhibit is on for ten weeks at the Robert Bateman Gallery in Victoria, BC. Instead of using this badly cracked tree for firewood we made projects having a total value of $250,000.

The inspiration for my lamp is one offered by Gustav Stickley in his 1910 catalog, as shown. The design and construction techniques are my own.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#1 posted 11-21-2017 08:04 PM

Phil, it looks great and is a fantastic use for the tree.

Any chance of a few more photos?

-- For those about to die, remember your bicycle helmet!

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#2 posted 11-21-2017 08:22 PM

oh my gosh – what a save

and yes – a couple more pics please ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 11-21-2017 08:25 PM

Looks great! For a minute I thought it was going to be a womans leg.

-- Daniel P

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#4 posted 11-21-2017 09:52 PM

Good job, Phil. Look great. Gustav is smiling down upon you!

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#5 posted 11-21-2017 09:54 PM

Great lamp and the shade looks way better than the one in the catalog.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 11-21-2017 10:17 PM

Stanley, that is a great looking lamp. And in addition to the additional pix, more construction comments/details would be enjoyable.

-- Art

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#7 posted 11-22-2017 11:53 AM

Great project with a great back-story. Looks good, but as others have said… we wanna see more :)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 11-22-2017 02:40 PM

Gorgeous lamp and stand. Did you make both the shade and the stand?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#9 posted 11-22-2017 03:06 PM

This project, except for shaping the corbels and the feet, is essentially a table saw exercise composed of 72 elements. The column is quadralinear with splines leaving a hollow core in the center. For family members I just run the cord up through the core of the column to the laight cluster.

The struts are my design because Stickley actually used round head screws to attach all four to the column. I make 2 struts with a lap joint passing through the column for strength and avoiding the ugly screws having cut 2 inches off the top of the column. However, the rules of the exhibit required CSA/UL approval which meant running a metal raceway up the gap in the middle of the column to the lamp cluster. I mounted the struts in the usual way then screwed each vertically into the column pieces then drilled out the center to make room for the raceway. The screws are hidden by the 2 inches of column that gets glued back in place after the struts are installed.

The shade is from an older Popular Woodworking article that I had saved since I can no longer find it on Google. It has 32 components all compound angle cuts on the table saw.

Being walnut, the finish was 2 coats of pore filler, 3 coats of Danish oil and multiple coats of wax.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#10 posted 11-22-2017 07:47 PM

This lamp is a real eye catcher and it displays a lot of nice craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 11-24-2017 06:48 PM


-- Dale

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#12 posted 11-30-2017 10:56 PM

As Harry Wayne Casey sang, That’s the way I like it!

Great use of the walnut tree—it will live on in all the beautiful furniture you and the others made from it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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