|Project by Stephen Mines||posted 02-13-2011 08:58 PM||1701 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
This was a neat job that was done when my son (Stephen III) was working with me. We both milled and glued up, then he turned the parts to round and shape on the Hapfo (not shown) while I did the pierceing on the IMPERIAL across the room. . .we had fun racing, 200+ columns in all. The parts were in Alder; the completed column was 4” dia X 43.5” long, .75” air space between the three leads…the overall height of the finished lamp (with base, top bobeche parts and shade) was (is) 63”. We made these for a venerable lamp company in downtown Los Angeles that had been in business since electricity. The job was for a new Hyatt, a VERY HIGH END, small hotel – 198 rooms (Park Hyatt at Santa Monica Beach Hotel); in the reviews (11/90 issue, DesignersWest) after their opening it stated that the per room cost of the $80-million hotel was $404,000! Whoo-hoo! I think we got $60 or so a unit…as the Fonz would say, “Good groceries, Maynard”. Small, interesting footnotes: 1) Charles Lamp, for all of their time in service, asked me how to do a ‘crackle finish’. They experimented with my formula and you can see they achieved a great result. 2) As I often did with a fun job like this, I offered to make an extra four columns in exchange for two completed, finished, shaded, bulbed lamps. Steve, my son, has one and I have the other (just took specs from it and the finished photos).
-- Stephen Mines (Saltmines@aol.com)