Praire Chandeliers

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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 03-09-2007 04:53 PM 16635 views 75 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These chandeliers hang in the Cooper House. The House was designed in the Prairie Style and these chandeliers reflect the aesthetic.

The lights are constructed of ribbon mahogany, shoji material, and a light fixture from Home Depot that fit the decor. The shoji material was purchased from Ed Crowell, Shoji Designs, He is fantastic to deal with, has a nice product, and I highly recommend checking him out. He does nice work himself and has good links on his site.

The chandeliers stand 5’6” without the downrod and hang from a 16’ ceiling. I made 3 models, hung them in the room, and had the clients choose what they liked best. The models were highly useful because the scale of the room was larger than anything that I had ever dealt with before. It helped both the client and myself see it life-size in the actual space.

I also designed and built the light trough and sconce lights that cap off the rock columns.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 03-09-2007 04:56 PM

I love them … Wooden Chandeliers.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 03-09-2007 04:59 PM

wow. These are gorgeous. I’d love to see more photos of the house also if your brother is interested in sharing

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 03-09-2007 05:07 PM

I will share more but I have to get going. Were you and exhibitor at the WDC? I go every year (spectator thus far) and I thought I recognized a couple of the members.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 03-09-2007 05:40 PM

Those are pretty cool! I’d love to see picture of the house too. Looks like a treasure trove of architectural details.

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#5 posted 03-09-2007 06:54 PM

I am fortunate to live in Pasadena, CA where there are many craftsmen style homes. The prevalent style is Greene & Greene architecture. The best examples are the Gamble House and the Blacker house. The Gamble House has been featured on television and to see it in person is truly inspiring.

Todd – those lighting fixtures rival anything I have seen before. They are absolutely great. Super job.

Green and Greene

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 03-09-2007 08:17 PM

Fred, Thanks for the link. I just love the Greene & Greene style. It certainly is one of my influences. It is always more inspiring to go to the historic buildings as opposed to just reading about them. The Blacker and Gamble houses are on my list to visit. If I do I’ll have to call you.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 03-09-2007 10:52 PM

Very nice Fixtures. Again something to be proud of making.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 03-10-2007 12:15 AM

I’m glad the increased picture capacity works for you, Todd. This is beautiful design. Now I’m eager to see more of your work.

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#9 posted 03-10-2007 02:05 AM

WOW!... can’t wait to see the rest of the house!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 03-10-2007 03:59 PM

Excellent design. Great looking chandeliers.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 03-10-2007 04:03 PM

Todd, your work is simply stunning. We have some great Arts & Crafts artists here at LumberJocks and your work ranks right up there with the best.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#12 posted 03-10-2007 08:04 PM

those are so cool, my hats off to you sir

-- Cheers

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#13 posted 05-04-2007 08:33 PM

I have to join my fellow LJs in saying this is top-notch work. Superb design, execution and very unique. I also want to ask/comment about the trim features that cap the stone columns in the background. That is so cool. Are they sconces or a trim detail? Bring us more of the Cooper House!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#14 posted 05-05-2007 02:23 AM

Wow… these are just extraordinary Todd. Wonderful in every way. Would it be possible for you to take one down and take it apart so we can see how they’re constructed? Just teasin ya ;-) Incredible work and thanks for posting. Look forward to seeing the rest of the house when possible.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#15 posted 11-22-2007 01:32 AM

awesome ,my wife would love these in our family room afetr i vault the ceiling next spring do you mind if i do my own version

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