Tornado Floor Lamp

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Project by NicoJose posted 03-28-2011 05:41 AM 3870 views 24 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tornado Floor Lamp (December 2,2011- December 12, 2011)

Dimensions: 14’’ x 14’’ x 48’‘
Net Weight: 60lbs

So I still had a lot of sliced pieces of different repurposed old wood from my “Think Big” and my “Bookshelf of Knowledge”... So I decided on making my first sculptural floor lamp for fun. I wanted an accent lamp that changes shape as you walk around it. If a lot of people were walking around it, it would look like they were being spun by a tornado.

It has approximately 800 rectangular pieces. They are held together by glue and 1600 brad nails. Its rectangle in the bottom that transitions to dancing triangles. It took 10 days to make but 4 days to plan. It was harder than I thought as I made 2 others that I did not continue since they look like a disaster.

There are 3 bulbs inside as shown in the last photos with my parents and I. Next time I’ll make bigger spaces so I can emit more light. or do 30 degree cut on every piece.

-- Nico Jose; Designer/Maker &Artist

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#1 posted 03-28-2011 06:44 AM

you continue to be my hero

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 03-28-2011 07:09 AM

Amazing love it.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 03-28-2011 01:29 PM

All I can say is wow! Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#4 posted 03-28-2011 02:00 PM

this is one of the most interesting, unique, items I’ve seen. Fantastic “segmentation”..wild’s just plain stunning work. thanks for sharing this

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#6 posted 03-28-2011 03:06 PM

wonderful work

-- hrvoje

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#7 posted 03-28-2011 03:13 PM

could stare at this for hours, great job.

-- If you build it, they will come

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#8 posted 03-28-2011 05:51 PM

Wow! not only do you do great work, you can do it in the future as well :)

Seriously, that’s well executed and an awesome lamp!

-- Childress Woodworks

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#9 posted 03-28-2011 06:16 PM

this is so cool!

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#10 posted 03-28-2011 06:54 PM

Really cool! Very unique and creative.

-- Chris Adkins,

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#11 posted 03-28-2011 07:42 PM

You make beautiful stuff. Don’t forget to get the camera out while your building though. This crowd loves to see the process almost as much as the finished product.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 03-28-2011 09:02 PM

Well done.

So if I make one, I´ll save 4 hours of your planning.
I think I´ll need a couple of hundred more days than you to finish such piece.

Any how as member of the crowd, I´ll love to see your next gluing, Lol

Thanks for posting

-- Back home. Fernando

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#13 posted 03-28-2011 10:25 PM

The other two that you did not finish because you said that they look like a disaster, you can make them look like the tornado lamp took them out and that is why they look like a disaster. LOL.
Good job,


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#14 posted 03-28-2011 11:26 PM


-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#15 posted 03-29-2011 02:19 AM

very cool piece. that is one heck of an imagination you have there!

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