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Ponga lamp

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My latest lamp creation I call it the Ponga, is a #bootfair vase. Coupled with a nicely crafted piece of mahogany for the base. Wired with some gold braided flex and I’m liking the outcome.

 

Moa toes

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been working on a few new lamps recently in between different projects. And I call this one Moa toes. The Moa was a native bird of New Zealand and became extinct around about the 15th century I believe. It was similar to an emu but much bigger and also flightless.  

 

Man of war lamp

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When I first arrived in Hackney I moved into a basement flat that didn’t have doors, heating, plumbing or electrics, and in the middle of winter. Anyway, most of those got sorted in due time, but during the clear out, I discovered amoungst lots of junk the lovely glass shade featured in this piece.  

 

It’s absolutely stunning lit up and well worth the effort. 

Inspiration for the base came about from researching steampunk lamps and the different ideas people have made. It was a lot of fun and as always educational in terms of what I learnt and discovered regarding new metal working techniques and electrical methods. And I call it the ‘Man of War’ lamp after the Portuguese man of war jelly fish. 

 
I chose to make the switch as the only cable I had that worked with the shade and frame, was the spiralized one shown, which needed to be managed neatly. So I achieved this using this industrial looking besa box and a dimmer module from a wall light switch. 

Very pleased with the outcome and I have a few more in the pipeline and will post when finished

Plaster carving

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last Friday saw us do an experiment with carving into the plastered and rendered walls and our current restaurant refit.  Here is the outcome. 

 

September designs

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September has seen us finish a body of work comprising tables for barrio central, a London west end bar, part of the barrio bars crew, who have 3 barrio bars in London.

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Latest Lamp

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So this weeks work incorporated this lamp. Bit of experimentation gone into this one in terms of refining my engineering techniques given my limited equipment, illustrated in some of the pix. Some steampunk ideas coming through with this project too. IMG_3697.JPG Pictured is a car disc rotor. I welded a bit of tubing on to the edge to assist with bending tubing for the lamp stem.

IMG_3695.JPG The bent tube stem welded to a hexagonal 2kg grocers weight. And a kettle I hacked to make the shade.

IMG_3701.JPG The union between the stem tube and the shade I created using 1mm gilding metal.

IMG_3712.JPGHere is the lamp wired for testing. I used spirit of salts to oxidise(rust) the steel and shade.

IMG_3717.JPGThe finished article. Found this little toggle switch in a junk shop in Bakers Arms London N17

Bar balustrade

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This weeks work. A Victa Horta inspired bar barrier for @bonnevilleE5. Victa Horta created an amazing house which is now a meuseum and a beautiful example of art nouveau. An absolute joy making this and Really enjoying the light engineering work.

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Snakes n tables

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Made 6 x cafe/bar style tables this week. All 60x60cm that, when pushed together, form my interpret ion of snake skin. 20140713-084205-31325088.jpg

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