This weekend the kids and I decided to make a lamp. (I know kind of odd… ) I kind of have a thing for lamps (not a fetish… just a healthy love affair) I want to share with you our lamp making adventure… hold on tight… this is going to be thrilling. (I am exaggerating a bit… in fact it might be extremely boring… and if that be the case just look at the pictures)
Before I begin I want to provide some context around my love affair with lamps. It all began years ago when as a kid we would spend part of the summer in a cabin located in a place called Sunny Brook. Staying at the cabin was like going back 100 years … no TV… and no in door plumbing (this meant hauling buckets of water from the water pump and walking along a small path behind the cabin to a smaller “house”… a stinky place we called our “outhouse”) We had a stove that you had to light a fire in to cook with and another large stove (pot belly) for heat. As a young boy every day playing in the woods or at the river was a Huckleberry Finn-like adventure and the nights were spent under the flickering light of kerosene lamps listening to mother read stories. I remember intently listening while watching a flame dance around the wick… Something so uniquely intimate when light comes from such a personal source.
Our hearts are lamps for ever burning
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I have such a nostalgic longing when I reminisce about those early formative years… and well to get to the point… I like lamps… lamps are my friends… not lights… but lamps. If having light fixtures, chandeliers, sconces is like visiting a zoo… sitting next to a lamp is like having a dog curled up next to you.
Let’s get to the action! This is not my first time around the lamp building “block”…. here are a couple of lamps I have made recently.
Now to this weekends lamp!
Isabelle (who loves shopping) went with me to our local home improvement store to help me get the parts… and to probably keep my spending in check. While digging through the pipes a salesman offered help by asking us what we were fixing. I said we were “weird” and that we were making a lamp… he quickly said “oh” we have more people than you would believe doing exactly the same thing. (hmmm… I might have to go look for the lamp building online groups… not for help… just for friends)
Next we need to build the upper arm. This was not built with pipes since it is always easier to have a lamp stay up if the base is heavier than the top. Each kid took turns cutting the dowels… (and each cut had to be “re-cut” by dad… when they weren’t looking)
Here is the finally product! I am not sure that the kids “love” the lamp like I do… but I know they were proud of their accomplishment… they had lots of fun… and they spent most of the day not looking at a screen.
Here it is in my office