Hand Carved Mahogany Table Lamp

I was watching an old Joseph Cotton movie and saw a bed post carved with an interesting design. I thought the hand carving would look good on a table lamp. I made a quick sketch and started thinking about how the lamp should look. The next morning I went through my stored lumber and found the perfect material, a large piece of Mahogany that has been drying for ten years. Seeing the wood gave me the final element I needed for the design.

After I cut the lumber to size and assemble the carcass, I started carving. Using a variety of tools, including gouges and knifes, I was able to create the design I had envisioned, a pattern of undulating curves deeply set in the material.

After the carving was complete, I started the finishing process. From the beginning, I planned to use shellac because I knew it would give the Mahogany the look of burnished leather. Shellac is a natural product that protects the wood, adds some color, and does not hide the wood grain. After the base was completed, I carefully chose the hand made parchment lamp shade to complement the color and texture of the lamp base.

Lamp Specifications:

• Supplied with black cloth lamp cord

• American Made handcrafted lamp shade

• 60w light bulb

Dimensions: • Total Height: 25 Inches to top of Finial

• Base Width: 9 Inches

• Shade Width: 16 Inches

• Weight: 13 Pounds, 6 Ounces

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