Turning A One-Piece Wooden Lamp Shade From a Tree Section

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I love finding ways to bring nature in to my home decor, and this lamp shade from Sören Berger takes that to a whole other level. Sean at MAKE writes:

Kiwi master craftsman Sören Berger is a woodturner, teacher, and inventor with 35 years at the lathe. It shows. In this amazing and slightly terrifying video, you’ll see him turn a giant tree trunk section that starts with the bark still on it, inside and out, until it’s perfectly smooth and translucent-thin. Inspiring and wonderful. Absolutely do not miss it. [via nerdstink]

8 thoughts on “Turning A One-Piece Wooden Lamp Shade From a Tree Section

  1. Ursula says:

    Not to troll, but this seems really wasteful to me; the vast majority of that trunk section is lost, turned into sawdust, to achieve the lampshade. Couldn’t you do (effectively) the same thing just by shaving the section into a long strip of veneer and then cutting the veneer to make ten or more lampshades in the same style? Same gorgeous effect, much less waste.

  2. Marie says:

    I do agree with you, Ursula.
    To use a whole trunk section for this is totally wasteful!

  3. Janet Carkeek says:

    What kind of wood is this?

  4. Marion says:

    I don’t think you get the same effect by using veneer. Also, if the tree chunk was from a tree that had to be cut down for a different use and the whole thing was going to be turned into mulch anyway then this is a much better use. As far as I know the folks who do this usually do use reclaimed wood.

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