Translucent-thin turned wooden lampshades

Craft & Design Furniture & Lighting
Translucent-thin turned wooden lampshades

Paul Overton spotted these cool hand-turned lamps/shades at a local craft show. Per artist Billy Hall’s website:

The wood of choice is the knot clusters in the Southern White Pine. The outer shape of the shade is turned first. After the outside shape is turned the wood is treated with two thick coats of epoxy. After this dries the inner side of the shade is turned. The thickness of the shades varies from 1/32 to 3/32 of an inch, depending upon the translucent properties of the particular wood and the final desired color of the glowing wood. The final thickness of the shade is achieved by turning the inside of the shade in the dark with the workpiece backlit.

[via Dude Craft]

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