One-of-a-kind Handcrafted  Cherry and Ash Hardwood Lamps

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     I built these lamps in 1980 and 1982 for retail craft shows, which I stopped attending in 1982. I had intended to keep these, since I was unlikely ever to make similar pieces again. 33 years later, I see I will probably not have the space to use such large lamps, and would prefer to sell them.  

     These lamps are made from solid hardwood laminations; hardwood boards are glued together to make  a large block, which is turned on a wood lathe to form a shape.  These two lamps were further modified by hand-carving. This kind of woodturning requires daily practice; one small slip of the hand near the end of the process can ruin several days of work and an investment in carefully selected, hard-to-replace lumber. Each took about a week to complete, not including the finishing process.

     The glue joints on these lamps are still perfect after 25+ years. My laminating technique was always perfect or better; I have some pieces that are over 40 years old that are in perfect condition. You may expect these lamps to last indefinitely without degradation, unless they are exposed to heat (including direct sunlight) or excessive moisture or dryness.  
"It Was So Hot" Solid Hardwood Ash Table Lamp - 1980.    Price: $2,200 without shade.
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Large Hand-turned Ash Hardwood Lamp

I built this large Ash hardwood table lamp during the unreasonably hot August of 1980. My 3rd floor shop in Lynn, Massachussetts, was almost too hot to work in. I amused myself by pretending the wood was wax: What would it look like if the wood melted?

   I simulated melting wood by carving the "drips" into two ridges in the turned lamp. The overall sense is strongly oriental, based on an elongated classic Ginger Jar shape. 

   The finishing was a complex process: The lamp was soaked in linseed oil for several hours, wiped down, and allowed to dry.  The lamp was remounted on the lathe and oil sanded up to 1200 grit with a mix of Tung Oil and Polyurethane varnish for a high polish, then rubbed with this mixture and allowed to dry. The carved area was polished  by hand. The final step was repeated over several weeks.
   Height to top of wood: 17"
   Diameter at widest point: 8.1"
   Weight without shade: 12#

Detail of top: Use of the classic 3-repeat of an increasingly widely spaced element just "feels" right.

   Two ridges were formed during woodturning. These were carved to become the "drips" of the "melting" wood. 

   A sulfide solution was applied to the brass hardware below the socket to more closely match the coloration of the wood.

   Lampshade not supplied. You should source your own shade to suit your own tastes. I showed this lamp with a Large Pagoda-style shade. 

Price: $2,200 without shade.
Discount available for decorator, architect, or other re-seller.

For more information, contact Ed Loewenton:    Morrisville, VT 05661

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