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Project by fissionchips posted 856 days ago 2509 views 25 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I worked from photos to construct this version of the talented Tom Rossau’s TR8 Lamp. A couple CAD sketches, some napkin geometry, and a few design challenges later I had a functioning lamp.

The second photo shows the 1:8 scale model I made to wrap my head around the deviously simple design. Each of 14 strips is in the same order around the circumference top to bottom, though the eye may want to tell you otherwise. I think ‘false spiral’ is an apt name for this illusion.

No bending of veneer was required; a tension wire along the length gives it the shape you see. As I said, deviously simple!

I can’t describe what a warm glow it emanates, the photos don’t quite do it justice. The possibilities of veneer lighting have been revealed to me and I’m excited to experiment further with my own designs.





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#1 posted 856 days ago

Looks really cool!
Brilliant design

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#2 posted 856 days ago

That is some kind of awesome!

Well done.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#3 posted 856 days ago

It’s beautifull. the flow of the veneer is quite elegant.

well done.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 856 days ago

Cool! I want to do a similar one

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#5 posted 856 days ago

Wow now that is taking lamps to a new level. Very sharp.

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#6 posted 856 days ago

very elegant concept.

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#7 posted 856 days ago

WOW! That’s a cool design. Simple LOOKING design with a twist. Very nice.

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#8 posted 856 days ago

AWESOME!

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#9 posted 856 days ago

Very cool. Great design.

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#10 posted 856 days ago

Awesome! (But more importantly, where can I get pancakes and sausage for 15 cents?) ;-)

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#11 posted 856 days ago

Hopdevil, you’ll have to invent time travel for that particular deal. I consider myself lucky that the diner by my house does a mean breakfast combo for $3. If you like the posters, I posted them here.

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#12 posted 855 days ago

Does it get hot? Could it catch fire?

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#13 posted 855 days ago

Jordan, I am using a 12W CFL bulb, so the lamp will not even get warm. With most any type of paper or wood lantern, as long as there is ~2” clearance from the bulb it should be safe. I’ve also experimented with LED bulbs in lanterns, which now have a reasonable performance to price ratio (and very low heat to dissipate).

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#14 posted 855 days ago

I should mention, there’s a nice profile of Tom Rossau including photos of his build process and jigs here:
http://www.contemporist.com/2010/01/13/photos-of-tom-rossau-making-an-st-903-lamp/

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#15 posted 855 days ago

rice paper machete

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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