Arts and Crafts Lamps

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I”ve been making this style of lampshade for several years. We won’t go in to how much kindling I made before I was happy with the design & the quality of the assembly. The prototypes were made long before I upgraded my tools to include Sketchup & the Wixey angle gauge. How much easier it would have been with them! I’ve seen other versions of this style of shade but they all seemed too “heavy” for a shade. Despite being made from very thin stock they are amazingly sturdy due mostly to the shape. I do my own glass work & use many different colors & designs as well as Mica sheets.


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#1 posted 02-02-2008 06:14 PM

Great lamp. Could you blog the construction process and details some time?

I have read the book on Arts and Crafts lamps where the majority of the shades are cut from cardboard. Have you seen it? There are some cool designs, but I am not so keen on the cardboard. I would love to learn how you put these together.

Keep up the posts. I love A & C style.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 02-02-2008 06:22 PM

I love this, beautiful, simple. Wonderful work!

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#3 posted 02-02-2008 06:59 PM

Your the Man!! I love art & crafts and QSWO.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#4 posted 02-02-2008 07:15 PM

Nice work Tim. I checked out your web site and was hoping to see you post some of your stuff here. Thanks. Beautiful craftsmanship.

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#5 posted 02-02-2008 07:38 PM

Hi Tim,

These lamps are very nice. They are wonderful Do you use the same finish as you posted on the sideboard?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 02-02-2008 08:16 PM

Very nice looking lamps. I would like to hear the story of how you build them as well. One day I hope to make some lamp shades too.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#7 posted 02-02-2008 09:36 PM

I love the way the wood compliments glass blend together to give that warm feeling.

You should do a POD cast on building lamps.

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Tim Pursell

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#8 posted 02-02-2008 10:42 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments. I’ll try to photo the process the next time I need to make a batch. Video & especially editing are not good friends of mine, so I’m not to sure a pod cast is in the future. Maybe if I can get one of me teenagers to work out the details we can try. I have enough trouble just posting photos here—-I’d rather spend my time in the woodshop!


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#9 posted 02-02-2008 10:53 PM

Really nice work

-- Marge, Colorado

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#10 posted 02-02-2008 11:07 PM

Great lamp Tim, very trendy design. I am getting used to sketchup, just designed a bed for my granddaughter with it. It is a great package, certainly saves wasting precious wood.

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

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#11 posted 02-02-2008 11:51 PM

Beautiful lamps. A very nice package. great set.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 02-03-2008 01:13 AM

Great Lamps,what is the shade made of?

-- Robert,

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#13 posted 02-03-2008 01:18 AM

Yep your jellin,,,,,,Nice work!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#14 posted 02-03-2008 02:28 AM

Absolutely stunning. I like gizmodyne and probably other would love to see you blog the contruction of one of your shades. I am extremely interesting in arts and crafts pieces, and I love building lamps. They just seem to light up everyone’s face (ok, pun intended).

If you won’t blog it, at least give us a little more detail on the construction.

I would like some more information on the glass. Also, I love the look of mica sheet on these lamps, but I have trouble finding it. Can you please let me know your source? Also, how do you cut the mica?

Keep up the good work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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Tim Pursell

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#15 posted 02-03-2008 03:09 PM

I’m really lucky with the glass I use for the shades, I live 2 blocks from a stained glass shop. It’s easy to stop by & peruse their stock. Plus they can pick up more for me within a week from their wholesaler. Unless you have access to such a shop, I’m thinking it would be very hard to pick out & have glass shipped.

Woodworker’s Supply has the mica sheets also Vandyke’s restorers sells some, it’s a little thicker but is priced a bit higher. I used to cut the mica with a sharp utility knife as they recomended, but did a little experimentation & now I use the table saw with a 60 tooth plywood blade. Makes for much cleaner cuts..
As soon as I can, I’ll get some photos & write up the steps to build the shade frames.


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