|Project by DaleMaley||posted 01-09-2013 11:32 AM||3750 views||14 times favorited||13 comments|
In the summer of 2012, my mother moved from the old farm house into town. We cleaned out 5 generations worth of items from the house, which was built around 1905. In the attic, we found this neat old oak lamp with very decorative glass. My sister wanted a copy of this old lamp made.
An internet search showed this lamp to probably being made by the WB Brown company of Indiana, around 1905. I suspect it was a house warming gift to my great-great-grandfather. Further internet research showed the glass was opalescent glass that probably came from the Kokomo glass company. My wife and I toured Kokomo glass last Fall. The people there recognized the glass type immediately when I showed them a photo of the original lamp. I bought enough glass to make several lamps.
A friend of mine gave me some white oak free of charge. It also took quite a bit of internet research to find a supplier for the type of duplex bulb brass fixture needed for the reproduction lamp.
This turned out to be the most difficult item I have ever made, and I have made a couple hundred of woodworking items. The difficulty was mainly due to all the angles involved in making the shade. I also had trouble learning to cut glass for the first time.
One of the photos above show the old lamp on the left, and the new lamp on the right.
If you are interested in reading about all my trials and tribulations of making this lamp, you can read about it on my web site.
-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/