Over many decades of building lighting fixtures my style has ranged from organic to the straight lines of the prairie style. This range is best seen in my table lamps. Table lamps are one of my greatest loves because they are like islands of light in the evening. When a room is lit by a number of table lamps the effect can change everything. In the lamps that have wood in them I use highly figured white Quarter sawn oak that has been given old world finish. I have worked on my hand rubbed finishes for more than 30 years. I do fuming with aniline dye followed by a thin coat of hand made shellac. I also use tung oils and blackened wax. The effect I get has even fooled experts into thinking they are antique finishes. My hammered copper patinas have undergone extensive research to be able to match old pieces that I have restored. I still find myself experimenting with finishes and I am sure this will never end. In the Arts and Crafts world the finish on a piece can be half of the value. I keep this idea in mind on every lamp I build.
Author, Columnist and Director of the National Arts & Crafts Conference at The Grove Park Inn since 1988
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