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Well, we were invited to be a part of an "By Invitation Only" showroom. It is called Rocky Mountain Design center, located in Evergreen Colorado right of I-70. This is a 25,000sg ft showroom which features all high end lodge type home furnishing, from all of the U.S as well as Tibet, India and Europe. Needless to say this is suppose to be some of the best of the best and we are so thrilled to be a part of it.

Anyway we will be renting a 400sq ft space to feature our work, the hard part for us is that we have only 3 weeks until the soft opening and not 1 single item in inventory. So this floor lamp that we are starting on will be one of the pieces featured in this space and we wanted to share it with you.

It has been cut down to size, and will sit on a burled cottonwood base, the burl on the juniper is going ot be fabulous once this piece is finished.

It has been sandblasted and all the rough edges smoothed out. The next step is the sanding which I started on yesterday. So here soon we will have more pictures.

If you notice the "person" drawn on the shop door, well this is my 5 year old target for practicing dodge ball, this is not our sales person, hahahaha





 

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Sandblasted ready for sanding

Well, we were invited to be a part of an "By Invitation Only" showroom. It is called Rocky Mountain Design center, located in Evergreen Colorado right of I-70. This is a 25,000sg ft showroom which features all high end lodge type home furnishing, from all of the U.S as well as Tibet, India and Europe. Needless to say this is suppose to be some of the best of the best and we are so thrilled to be a part of it.

Anyway we will be renting a 400sq ft space to feature our work, the hard part for us is that we have only 3 weeks until the soft opening and not 1 single item in inventory. So this floor lamp that we are starting on will be one of the pieces featured in this space and we wanted to share it with you.

It has been cut down to size, and will sit on a burled cottonwood base, the burl on the juniper is going ot be fabulous once this piece is finished.

It has been sandblasted and all the rough edges smoothed out. The next step is the sanding which I started on yesterday. So here soon we will have more pictures.

If you notice the "person" drawn on the shop door, well this is my 5 year old target for practicing dodge ball, this is not our sales person, hahahaha





I love this lamp… and hope to have it sanded so we can drill the holes for the cord and then I can work on the base
 

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Ready to drill holes

I got the limb 100% sanded, my husband is inlaying turquoise in the base, next we will drill the holes for the cord.

The dark spot you can see on the base is where we applied sanding sealer, there is a bit of rot so this helps harden the wood and it also keeps the glue from staining the wood when we inlay the turquoise.









 

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Ready to drill holes

I got the limb 100% sanded, my husband is inlaying turquoise in the base, next we will drill the holes for the cord.

The dark spot you can see on the base is where we applied sanding sealer, there is a bit of rot so this helps harden the wood and it also keeps the glue from staining the wood when we inlay the turquoise.









I will be drilling two lamps tomorrow will post some pics
 

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Turquoise inlay in the lamp

Here are progressive pictures as I am inlaying turquoise in the lamp.



















We ise natrual defects or cracks that are alread in the wood, then we use a dremel tool to widen them out and clean them up a bit. It is real/natural turquoise. We buy by the pound from a supplier in New Mexico. We pay $160 per lb. It comes in a large chunk and then we crush it. We start out by filling the grooves with larger peices then we fillin the gaps with smaller ones and I also crush it to a fine powder which gets all the liitle nooks and cranies filled
 

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Completed Lamp

Here is the completed lamp it is

70" tall with the lamp shade

21×19 at the base

it weighs 60 lbs

The lamp shades are handmade. I do not make them a good friend of mine makes them for me. She does an excellent job.





















 

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Completed Lamp

Here is the completed lamp it is

70" tall with the lamp shade

21×19 at the base

it weighs 60 lbs

The lamp shades are handmade. I do not make them a good friend of mine makes them for me. She does an excellent job.





















Hey Trev

Yes we do use a finish. On this lamp we use satin polycrylic. It is clear with just a little bit of sheen and it leaves the colors all natural
 
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