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Forum topic by DTrak posted 08-19-2019 04:24 PM 938 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DTrak

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08-19-2019 04:24 PM

I am starting a business designing wood lighting (I actually first posted about this a year and a half ago to test the waters and am finally able to move forward). I am starting w/table lamps and then branching into floor lamps, ceiling fixtures, etc. The lamps are high end, very unique and combine hand blown glass with 2-3 types of hardwoods. All of them have been 3D modeled and the next steps are prototyping and building batches of 10 each.

The woodworking will be split between two shops w/in 2hrs of Washington DC. I need that proximity because these are very technical and will require a lot of in person back and forth before we nail the prototypes. I will supply the glass, lamp parts, etc. I also know about UL certification. The woodworking will be all you. Don’t worry if you have never built a lamp, not many have. I am looking for skilled craftsmen who can problem solve.

Qualifications:
-Skilled woodworker with solid understanding of joinery techniques, finishes, and best practices.
-Your shop would need to be able to dedicate about 20hrs a week to start and as sales increase perhaps up to 30hrs/wk. This of course depends on how quickly you work and if you are a one person or multi-person shop.
-You have a good quality CNC router to create some tricky pieces in quantity and a lathe for the vase and bowl like pieces.
-Willingness to problem solve to figure out how best to build these. You will of course be compensated for your time, but expect a lot of fine tuning before we really figure out how to build these.
-Promptly responsive over email.
-Interest in building a long-term working relationship.
-It is ok if you are a one-person shop, but ideally you would have multiple people working with you as I need production to be able to scale.

You can see all the lamp models here:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/s9LvcwFgi8XMcP3k6

Please only reply if you meet all of the qualifications above. You can contact me at [email protected]

Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Dan


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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 08-19-2019 08:01 PM

Nice designs! I’m retired and not looking for more than I already have to do, and I also live on the west coast. Good luck with your enterprise! Someone here should be able to help you out.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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pottz

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#2 posted 08-19-2019 09:59 PM

yeah some pretty cool unique designs,hopefully you can find someone with the skill to execute your creations,good luck.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Desert_Woodworker

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#3 posted 08-20-2019 03:27 AM

Best of luck to you.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 08-20-2019 05:05 AM

Interesting lamps. Best of luck with it.

-- Think safe, be safe

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DTrak

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#5 posted 08-20-2019 11:56 AM

Thanks for the encouragement everyone. Now if I could only find someone to build these! Surprised it has been this difficult. I have reached out to people I have found online also but no luck yet.

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#6 posted 08-20-2019 12:38 PM

I wish I had the flexibility to take this on. If you are still looking in 9 years when I retire :)

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Don Newton

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#7 posted 08-23-2019 07:51 PM

Are you concerned that you put your designs out there for people to copy?

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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DTrak

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#8 posted 08-23-2019 08:22 PM

Don, I definitely considered that. Once these are lamps are made and out in the world, someone could copy them. The risk w/putting the 3D models out there now is that someone could copy them and sell them before I can. But in order to do that, they have to go through all the effort of finding a willing glassblower to make all the molds (also very expensive) go through prototyping etc. Not to mention I continually scour the net for wood lamps and if my designs were copied as shown and sold commercially, I wouldn’t hesitate to litigate. Also, having everyone sign an NDA before taking a look was impractical, so I weighed several factors.

All that said, if someone sees some element of one of my lamps that they like and want to implement in one of their own pieces, I have no issue with that. I have been a designer for over 20years and recognize that we all learn from one another and designs are assemblies of elements drawn from a number of influences.

On another note, I have decided to build all the prototypes myself and once those are complete, I will look again for someone to produce them. I am guessing it is the prototyping that noone wants to deal with, and I get that. I probably should have approached it that way to begin with.

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#9 posted 08-23-2019 09:32 PM

Did you make these? Are you concerned that you would have too much volume to do them yourself?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#10 posted 08-23-2019 09:38 PM

Could be interested, PM me
Prototype dont bother me in the least
I’m 2 hours south
PM me if interested

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Andybb

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#11 posted 08-23-2019 11:42 PM



Could be interested, PM me
Prototype dont bother me in the least
I m 2 hours south
PM me if interested

- CharlesNeil

Holy cow! Can’t ask for any better than the man himself!

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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pottz

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#12 posted 08-25-2019 01:25 AM


Could be interested, PM me
Prototype dont bother me in the least
I m 2 hours south
PM me if interested

- CharlesNeil

Holy cow! Can t ask for any better than the man himself!

- Andybb


+1 dont let him get away,you will be hard to find better.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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