|Project by jeth||posted 08-19-2010 07:28 AM||1517 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
This is a lamp made with panels of Ocote (pine resin) set in a frame of Primavera and the ring in the top from Huanacastle. I was cutting rough construction timber for a stage platform and all of a sudden the saw was struggling and letting off smoke/vapour and the air filled with an unusually strong pine aroma. I checked it out and found that under the surface the piece was almost a solid block of resin with a small amount of wood fibre holding it together. Thought there had to be something to be done with this and shortly after resawed some thin panels to make up this lamp. (At great risk I might add, in the absence of a bandsaw and in the mexican tradition of a total disregard for health & safety I had to cut them on the table saw)
This stuff is hard to finish, more a case of polishing than sanding, kind of like sanding soap, and it’s rather unfriendly to blades. I used thinner and fine grade paper to polish it up adding a bit of wax to the natural pine oil that the thinner brought out of the material.
The first month or two in use the lamp gave of a lovely pine scent. The panels look fantastic when lit from behind, giving a fire like effect, up close you can see the whole sructure of the ‘wood’ with all the layers of grain visible. Though everyone who has seen it wants one I liked it too much and haven’t parted with it.