Ranch Sconce

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Project by EPJartisan posted 09-26-2013 01:05 PM 994 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got a gig to make a Wall hanging / sconce piece of art work for the interview room of a Human Resources department. They wanted to play off the “HR” and designed a room for “H”ome on the “R”ange and they wanted a horse on a wall sconce. It was a tiny and very dark room, so I was challenged to learn all about LED wiring and optimizing lumins. I had two weeks to research, design, and build this… keeping in mind that this client loves stories.

72” x 24” made from a shipping crate and a shipping pallet of SPF I found in the trash next to my studio. I rough cut into strips and them carbonized them… (I set them on fire, wire brushed off the burned wood) the resin and late season growth rings all darkened to a beautiful dark brown.. which as most of you may know that conifers when stained leave the late rings light and the early wood gets dark.. this gave me the exact opposite effect and also broke down the wood fibers for a great weathered wood texture. I found the horse scroll designs… but I did the gate, barn, and mountains freehand.. and in honesty I think the two styles don’t match.

I found super-bright LED strips, and decided to use a warm white above and cold white below to get a sunrise effect…. but my mistake was hot spots in the scroll work when the light is fully on… it is on a dimmer switch.

The theme was the the HR department wrangles in the wild horses into the company barn… but I wanted to imply that this is a fun place to work by implying western saloon door. Thanks for looking.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 09-26-2013 01:11 PM

That is really impressive and beautiful! I LOVE this project!! Wonderful work and design! :D


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Stephen Mines

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#2 posted 09-26-2013 01:33 PM

Hi Eric, A complete success, on all counts IMHO. Very innovative…I’m impressed again. Best Regards, Stephen

-- Stephen Mines (

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Kaleb the Swede

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#3 posted 09-26-2013 02:13 PM

This is really nice Eric. Great job. Love the up cycling art.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#4 posted 09-26-2013 02:38 PM

Very good work with a good story to go along with it. I’m sure its fascinating to see and and enjoy both the creative and aesthetic values it brings to the room.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 09-26-2013 02:51 PM

Great project. I love lamps and lights with wood1

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#6 posted 09-26-2013 07:44 PM

Great job. Love the design

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 09-27-2013 02:23 AM

That is way creative. WowZa!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 09-29-2013 01:46 AM

Never seen anything like this before. From very humble beginnings this piece has a place of prominence. I think the quality of ‘light’ can and does affect a space as much as any other feature. Nice work!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#9 posted 09-30-2013 02:08 PM

Beautiful wall hanging! Very creative, like the scroll work designs and the light effects. It gives a warm and cozy feel to the place. Great job!

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#10 posted 02-26-2014 06:14 AM

Eric you do some very amazing work. To bring many art forms and transform and meld different mediums together to form one!!! Excellent!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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