Wood lantern - looking for the light...

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Project by mafe posted 12-25-2015 03:54 PM 2694 views 6 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wood lantern
looking for the light…

This is from the Wood lantern, my go on a traditional old Danish lantern blog.

At one of my visits to the Danish Frilandsmuseum, I fell in love with the old traditional lanterns and this was what started this project in my thoughts way back.
The simple way the lanterns were created and the few materials.
Also they can be made all by hand or with power tools – from recycle materials or all new.
So it was a road I had to take and now it brings Christmas light in Copenhagen.

1. Found the light, lantern in use.
2. My sketch for the lantern.
3. Inspiration, old Danish lanterns.
4. Working wood.
5. Working, wire, glass and tin.
6. Just another day at the office.

Wish you all a Merry ChristMads and a happy new year.

Hope it can be an inspiration, perhaps even a light…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 12-25-2015 04:16 PM

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Mads.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-25-2015 04:26 PM

Ahh, Mads ….... you always make LJ a little brighter place.
Lovely lantern!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 12-25-2015 04:29 PM

Great photo and even greater lantern. What charm I think it is very attractive and well worth making. As usual, well done Mafe! Who’s your shop friend. (-;

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#4 posted 12-25-2015 04:45 PM

Another great job. His inspirations transmit inspirations. Their absence for a few months here in LJ was perceived.
Thank you for sharing.
A Merry Christmas, from Brazil!

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#5 posted 12-25-2015 05:56 PM

FANTASTIC PROJECT, but I’m always distracted by the details.
Now I have to find—or make—a “IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A SIGN, THIS IS IT” sign.
And then there’s your glasses. Did you pick them up at a Philip Johnson or Le Corbusier estate sale? 8-)

Merry Christmas, MaFe !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#6 posted 12-25-2015 06:02 PM

Just the project for this time of year. Merry Christmas / Glaedelig Jul!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#7 posted 12-25-2015 06:26 PM

Wonderful lantern Mads and it is always nice to see your hand tool museum in the background. Have a terrific Christmas and a very happy new year my friend. Who’s that cheeky chappy on your shoulder?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#8 posted 12-25-2015 06:54 PM

Very nicely done project, and now we can also see your assistant.
In your research, have you found any of these lanterns that used a mirror for the back instead of glass?
Happy Yule.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#9 posted 12-25-2015 09:22 PM

Great project and nicely done. Merry Christmas Mafe.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#10 posted 12-25-2015 09:57 PM

Very nice way to project your light, my friend!!.................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 12-25-2015 11:00 PM

Mafe your lantern is a real delight. I really like the rustic old world charm of it.

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#12 posted 12-26-2015 12:22 AM

I see the light and it is fantastic!
No, really a good looking project well done.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 12-26-2015 12:51 AM

Nice to have you back. Your work continues to inspire. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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#14 posted 12-26-2015 01:14 AM

If you are waiting for a sign…...

I just love Mads.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#15 posted 12-26-2015 01:34 AM


I have one like that which my secretary’s son made for me more than 30 years ago. Does your candle raise up through the top to light it? Mine is currently “put away” so I can’t compare it directly, but as I recall it has an elongated candleholder with a small dowel attached at the end opposite the candle which can lift it through the opening to light it. Did this lantern design originate in Denmark?

Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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