|Project by riverguy||posted 647 days ago||1051 views||4 times favorited||8 comments|
This one of the many lava-flow lamps I did when living in Hawaii, a few miles from the active volcano. But it’s the wood that’s interesting here. All of it (except for the small trim pieces) came from the limb of this huge Australian red cedar (toona) tree in our backyard. The limb was hanging down into our ocean view, so we cut it off. I sawed it into boards and dried them for about a year in my shop attic. Note the dramatic grain on the base of the lamp. That’s just the natural grain and color of the wood finished in Deft lacquer. The top was cut and lightly burned to create the feeling of the hot lava flowing right from the top of the lamp. The lava-flow design then flows all the way around all four sides of the lamp. The tree branch that is the post for the lamp is, of course, from the same limb, lightly brushed with a soft rotary brush and lacquered. I had a lot of fun with this one, and have rationed the rest of that wood for very special projects!
Oh yeah, there were two of these trees in the yard, both about 40’ tall, plus four 50’ tall mahogany trees. We had many guys come by over the years making all sorts of offers for those trees, but none could offer a way to get them out of the yard without major damage to the landscaping. So they’re still alive and well!
-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.sonomastainedglass.com