• Advertise with us
Project by KnickKnack posted 01-09-2018 12:23 PM 731 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago my wife and I were touring Northern Portugal, and it’s hard to miss these structures sitting in fields – we asked – they are grain stores called Espigueiros (across the border, in Spain, they are called Hórreos). The height and shape of the legs is specifically designed to prevent vermin being able to get to the grain.

Whilst all essentially similar, they are all very different at the same time…
Some Pictures

The shape isn’t really ideal for a box, and the wife has been hassling me (gently, almost tickling really) for a lamp for a while now, so, after a couple of years contemplation, I finally put pencil to paper, mouse to drawing programme, and then saw to wood.
Normally, of course, one would use “woodworking joints” but, as much as possible, I wanted this to look like it was made from stone, so finger joints, M&T, etc etc were out. This left me with a lot of butt joints – what a hassle reinforcing all those with tiny dowels. In addition, whilst one would normally have very flush joins of wood on wood, I rounded the edges of the wood to better, I hoped, simulate the look of stone meeting stone. Different translucent veneers allows some light to pass through the walls, and, with no actual base, additional light comes from down below. This is “mood” rather than reading light.
These things are very much “implanted” in the earth, and I thought this might look a little silly just sitting somewhere, so I’ve embedded the legs (with concrete), into a piece of natural cork – during “cork harvest” season there’s a lot of this on the roads having fallen off the transport lorries.
I ask what she thinks and she just smiles, so I guess another one might be on the agenda somewhere in the future…

Oak, unknown veneer, lacewood veneer, natural cork – lightly finished with linseed oil.
Total size, base included – 240mm wide, 220mm deep, 340mm

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

11 comments so far

View drbyte's profile


773 posts in 3934 days

#1 posted 01-09-2018 01:13 PM

Very nice concept and translation from the real one to the lamp model!

-- Dennis, WV

View majuvla's profile


11476 posts in 2739 days

#2 posted 01-09-2018 01:22 PM

Pretty interesting project and very authentic theme.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View balidoug's profile


473 posts in 2350 days

#3 posted 01-09-2018 01:32 PM

My wife and I noticed these small “silos” while walking the Camino Santiago last summer. Those in Spain tend to be made of wood: an indication of available material? You’ve taken a traditional construct and given it an exciting new purpose. Thanks for sharing.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

View bushmaster's profile


2625 posts in 2154 days

#4 posted 01-09-2018 02:49 PM

Very interesting story and pictures, well done and designed project.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

View swirt's profile


2507 posts in 2844 days

#5 posted 01-09-2018 02:58 PM

Very clever and a nice look for an unconventional lamp.

-- Galootish log blog,

View helluvawreck's profile


29707 posts in 2738 days

#6 posted 01-09-2018 05:57 PM

This is a very interesting post. This make a wonderful lamp and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

View Mean_Dean's profile


5808 posts in 3019 days

#7 posted 01-09-2018 10:34 PM

What a great idea for a very unique lamp—well done!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

View Dave Smith's profile

Dave Smith

51 posts in 336 days

#8 posted 01-09-2018 10:50 PM

Unique and ingenious translation of this idea. Nicely done.

-- Dave Smith - If our phones fall, we panic. If our friends fall, we laugh.

View grace123's profile


228 posts in 2634 days

#9 posted 01-10-2018 05:29 AM

This is extremely creative and well done.

View Rick's profile


8555 posts in 2905 days

#10 posted 01-10-2018 05:58 PM

Very Nice Indeed!

-- A Chip On The Shoulder Usually Indicates Wood Higher Up. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

View Grumpy's profile


23445 posts in 3723 days

#11 posted 01-10-2018 09:26 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics