Another lamp, this time with part of a tree in it!

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Project by riverguy posted 10-14-2012 02:51 AM 1719 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one of the many lava-flow lamps I did when living in Hawaii, a few miles from the active volcano. But it’s the wood that’s interesting here. All of it (except for the small trim pieces) came from the limb of this huge Australian red cedar (toona) tree in our backyard. The limb was hanging down into our ocean view, so we cut it off. I sawed it into boards and dried them for about a year in my shop attic. Note the dramatic grain on the base of the lamp. That’s just the natural grain and color of the wood finished in Deft lacquer. The top was cut and lightly burned to create the feeling of the hot lava flowing right from the top of the lamp. The lava-flow design then flows all the way around all four sides of the lamp. The tree branch that is the post for the lamp is, of course, from the same limb, lightly brushed with a soft rotary brush and lacquered. I had a lot of fun with this one, and have rationed the rest of that wood for very special projects!

Oh yeah, there were two of these trees in the yard, both about 40’ tall, plus four 50’ tall mahogany trees. We had many guys come by over the years making all sorts of offers for those trees, but none could offer a way to get them out of the yard without major damage to the landscaping. So they’re still alive and well!

-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

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#1 posted 10-14-2012 09:23 AM

You’re doing some very impressive work. Looking forward to even more of your projects.

Welcome to LJ’s

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#2 posted 10-14-2012 01:42 PM

I love the glass work! I can’t recall seeing a better blending of the two materials into a single theme.

Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJs!

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#3 posted 10-15-2012 04:08 AM

Love this lamp! Your stained glass work is superb and really complements the wood.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 10-15-2012 04:11 AM

A really unique design.

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#5 posted 10-15-2012 04:58 AM

Love it

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#6 posted 10-15-2012 12:45 PM


-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#7 posted 10-16-2012 01:21 PM

Very cool!!

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#8 posted 10-19-2012 04:31 PM

Thats a great lamp, and I love the story behind it, too!

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

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