Lilac Lamp #1: Finding some legs to stand on.

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Blog entry by scottb posted 02-05-2007 06:20 AM 1109 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Quick update after such a long (long) break from this project. As previously blogged elsewhere, the lamp will indeed be made from a single piece of lilac with the lower portion divided into three legs straddling a stone.

Took months of on-and-off pondering, and some brainstorming, but now, having worked out the next few challenging steps, I can put the “lamp back on!”

Today I took my Dremel to the cracks and splits on one end (after finally deciding which end was up) and began to lay out the twisted lines (following the grain) defining the legs. I’ll need some new attachments that are up to this task – dividing half of a log into thirds on a spiral. Sure, I could have easily cut the base into quarters on the band saw, but I’m afraid I’d break the wood in the next step – steam bending!

So, while I have a sense of where I’m headed, I’m still letting this piece unfold and reveal itself to me. This is not the sort of thing that lends itself to prototyping, what with playing to the natural and unique aspects of the material and all.

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

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#1 posted 02-05-2007 06:50 AM

Scott It maybe easier to drill the stone and shove the log up through it :>)

-- 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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#2 posted 02-05-2007 01:11 PM

are you tingling with excitement???
I can’t wait to see the next step in completion (or process)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 02-05-2007 05:25 PM

Hi Scott;
—-and that piece of lilac is some nice wood!
Lilac is one of the nicest kinds of wood to work with for anything in the way of ‘rustic’. It makes good table and bench legs, lamps and sculpture, all in all a good wood also because of how it shows and wears those cracks and bends of character.

You have undertaken to show us a fine piece of art work.

-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 02-06-2007 03:33 AM

Thanks! I really like working lilac. I was fortunate to find such a large piece.

You’re probably right Karson, I may try drilling through stone for the next lamp, this one, while surely more difficult that I’m naively imagining, is just begging me to have three legs… (but I am taking your advice on bending the legs).

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

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