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These lamps are constructed from koa and wenge. They stand about 32 inches tall and are actually hexagons with koa inlay at the glue joints. There are four layers of wood in each segment and the layers are koa-wenge-koa-wenge. The bases and finials are koa and the caps are wenge. It took 18 hours to create these lamps. The finish is Myland’s sanding sealer followed by Myland’s high friction polish and Liberon Black Bison paste wax. I always try to complement my lamps with a shade that completes the look. Honestly these shades are just awesome.
Thanks for looking…......

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com





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RBWoodworker

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#1 posted 11-17-2012 06:59 AM

I absolutely love the looks of the lamps Cathy..awesome job!!! they are gorgeous!!!

-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/

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#2 posted 11-17-2012 08:32 AM

A beautiful pair of lamps with a great wood combination. Your right the shades are awesome.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#3 posted 11-17-2012 08:47 AM

Those lamps just ooze style

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 11-17-2012 10:15 AM

Cathy, I see you are at it again…making beautiful stuff and being creative in the process. I like the way the mass of the base is balanced against the mass of the shade. Beautiful wood, but I want a close-up of the transition between Koa and Wenge. I hope you are wearing good dust protection. Wenge can be dangerous stuff.

Who made those beautiful shades? Are they a local creation?

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 11-17-2012 11:48 AM

Gorgeous. Excellent work. The shades do add to them.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Roger

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#6 posted 11-17-2012 01:52 PM

These are very beautiful. Super nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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shipwright

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#7 posted 11-17-2012 02:39 PM

Lamps are easy to make but elegance is elusive.
So many don’t balance or just don’t look right.
Yours are not among that group.
Not only did you capture the elusive elegance and balance but the wood combinations, while quiet, are still focal points.
And I agree about the great complimentary shades.

Well done again Cathy.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#8 posted 11-17-2012 05:22 PM

Awesome ! And the shades do harmonize beautifully !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#9 posted 11-17-2012 05:31 PM

your design is top shelf and these lamps are gorgeous

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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cathyb

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#10 posted 11-17-2012 05:39 PM

Thanks guys for your kind observations. Just to keep things in perspective, I’m not a slugger, but every once in awhile I hit home run in left field and it sure feels good. These lamps took shape on the lathe, I knew I had a sweet looking lamp that would be fun to dress up. I would encourage anyone who makes lamps to pay close attention to the shade, because it really creates the drama that you hope for. It doesn’t hurt to add a back story to enhance your sales. For this pair, this is the description that I used on Etsy:I love making lamps. Lamps that have a soul and something to say about the people who cherish them. These koa and wenge lamps embody that uplifting feeling that I get every time I hike the bamboo forest off the Old Pali Road. They stand 32 inches tall, rising up like the majestic ironwoods that tower above the bamboo on that trail. The shades are 14 inches wide and are crowned with a hand-turned koa finial.

For those of you who are involved in fairs, create some drama with a good name and a good background to help with sales. Just a thought….......

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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#11 posted 11-17-2012 09:25 PM

Very nice, you got skills.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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mmh

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#12 posted 11-18-2012 05:01 AM

I’m sure these will enhance a stately home! Beautifully executed!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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cathyb

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#13 posted 11-18-2012 05:28 AM

Thanks Meilie. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving….....

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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#14 posted 11-18-2012 10:01 AM

Cathy those are very nice! and you did very well matching the shades, they really jump out at you.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#15 posted 11-19-2012 01:08 AM

Really awesome lamps. Beautiful work!

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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