The Allium Floor Lamp in Walnut & Zebrawood

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Project by Castlewerks posted 06-25-2011 03:10 PM 4471 views 16 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of my designs begin as a general shape in my mind and as I develop the concept I start to think about color, texture and materials. My initial concept was the Allium in Green, but as I began working on that piece I considered a variation that used complimentary woods for the two distinct sections.

This lamp is made by laminating thin strips of walnut in a bending form then joining them with solid lengths of zebrawood which form the neck of the lamp. Once together, each piece was carefully hand shaped to create the smooth curves and miters necessary for assembly.

The Allium is 63” tall and 18” in diameter at the widest part of the base. It is shows here with a natural linen shade that is 19” in diameter and 9.5” tall.

I wrote a blog series that chronicled the development of this piece from initial concept through completeion on my blog Rocket Age Lighting

-- -Michael ( ) Groton, MA

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#1 posted 06-25-2011 03:53 PM

Very interesting pair of floor lamps, and a very useful blog to follow is someone decides to make a similar
lamp. I wonder if it would be possible to run a cord inside the laminations on one of the sides to make
it an all wood structure. You took an idea and made a very impressive lamp, the green dye really makes
a different but nice looking bit of wooden artistry. You are making my mind wander into all sorts of
interesting variations, but making them look as good as yours is another matter. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 06-26-2011 03:45 AM

Another amazing piece of work from you Michael. I really like the flowing design.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#3 posted 06-26-2011 11:56 PM

I love your work! The curves and the wood pairings…. Beautiful… And your castlewerks items are exceptional as well…. Keep the saw dust flying….

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#4 posted 06-27-2011 01:03 AM

really cool…!

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