|Project by OldWrangler||posted 04-24-2014 at 06:37 PM||806 views||1 time favorited||17 comments|
This may be the most unusual project I have ever tried.
About 15 years ago we took a 3 week vacation in Mexico, just traveling back roads and definitely off the beaten trail. We went into little towns, had locals show us the best they had. We saw waterfalls, rivers, volcanos, jungle, birds like we had never seen, locals doing crafts of that area (pottery, weaving, wood carving, jewelry and about everything you could imagine. Even found a little hut where 3 men sat in the shade making brooms.
Anyhow in one village a fellow was carving some very unusual wood. My limited Spanish didn’t let me know what he was saying it was. Finally he took me behind his house where he had a treasure trove of this stuff. Turns out that this is the treed left after mistletoe dies or is killed. The roots intertwine with the wood of the tree and make these bizarre shapes. I didn’t know at that time what I would do with the wood but I gave him about $20 in Pesos and he loaded the car. The piece for this lamp was the biggest. No problem getting it in as Customs and Ag didn’t stop us to inspect.
The wood sat in my shop for 4-5 years before I dug it out to play with. This big one had LAMP written all over it so this is what I did. Base is Walnut and the piece of wood turns out to be wild Mex. Apple. This lamp has sat next to my bed ever since. Everyone I have shown it to thinks it is wonderful so here it is. Take a look. Remember Mother Nature did all the work, I just put a lamp in it and varnished. Let me know what you think.
-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason