Once upon a time, long ago and far away, I wanted to be an architect. (Of course the fact that I couldn’t draw sort of doomed that career path.) One of the architects who inspired me the most at that time was Frank Lloyd Wright. Perhaps the most widely known and recognized building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright was a home named Falling Waters. Not only did he design the home he designed the furnishings. One of the items he designed for the home was a bedroom lamp. Fellow LJ Randy...
This shadow casting lamp creates a cool effect to any room by casting a shadow on a wall of any scene you’d like to create in the lamps silhouette panels. For this project I used horses. The front of the lamp shows a horse in a natural calm state on all 4’s . And the frosted front panel of glass gives a nice subtle tone of light to illuminate the room. The back of the lamp has a silhouette of a horse raring on it’s hind legs. This is the side that casts a shadow on...
At the urging of my girlfriend, I fumed a small scrap of QSWO and then went over it with amber shellac and dark brown wax, buffing it out with 0000 steel wool. It’s pretty magnificent. As a result, I decided to give my Limbert table an “authentic” Stickley finish. While waiting for the glue to cook, I fashioned what can only be described as an impromptu fuming tent. Even one of my neighbors came over to see what monstrosity I was building, as they’re usually ...
So around here there are numerous old stumps that look old and weathered, had one on the corner of my property so I cut it up for turning stock. It was very pitchy and sticky and def. not ideal wood for much. but after making a small dish from a nice swirly root clump I noticed the fine intricate grain and subtle orange translucence. So I made several small lampshade prototypes. Pitch bled out of the wood with warmer bulbs obviously. But I am about to start a kickstarter.com project involv...
I finally came up with a project for the chunk of Mammoth Kauri sent to me from Bob (TopamaxSurvivor)
This is a precis of what happened over about a 2 week period… A while ago I came up with what I thought was an interesting design for a lamp base.I was in Lisbon a few weeks ago, and ran across some hand-made paper.Ah ha – fate!I did some sketches, messed about with some bits of wood, did some drawings, and set to.For some reason best known to someone else, I decided to start with the top bit first.It being based on interlocking struts, I prepared some oak strips, cut them to l...
In this blog I’ll show to you the process of making Greene and Greene ceiling lamp. 1. To cut workpieces 2.Joint with biscuits 3. Glue workpieces4.Makiing patterns 5. Routing workpieces with patterns 6. Making mortises for the hinges 7.Routing bases components 8.Gluing base 9.This is device for the routing joints of the covers component 10. Assembly 11. Staine and finish 12. Assembly lamp with stain glass and fixtures
The original link to this podcast was lost, it has since been re-established… I’ve had several questions about this lamp; in this podcast I show how the shade is assembled. Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Lamp - Assembling the Lampshade
Well, after three days in solitary, I decided to pop the the weasel. The different boards fumed to different tones, but I think with shellac and brown furniture wax, it’ll be just non-perfect enough for some charm. The wood putty had no tannins in it, so it’s almost white. Luckily, one corner is perfect, so that’ll be the one facing out. I tried my Dark Fumed Oak aniline dye, and it didn’t work on the putty either. I even brushed the liquid ammonia directly on...
I’ve had some emails asking about the Fallingwater lamp; I’ve put a post on my blog about it with plans & photos: Fallingwater Lamp Randy
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