Posts Tagged ‘family’

The Christmas Eve Lamp

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Christmas Eve Lamp

A turned birch lamp I gave to my aunt Eve for Christmas. So I call it the Christmas Eve Lamp, aren’t I clever. I’m really happy with how the grain came out.

The birch came from the Pennsylvania Poconos.

Dimensions: 21″ H 6″ Diam
Finish: Tung oil and wax

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Jar Lamps

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Jar Lamp

My family has a tradition of making our gifts for the holidays (see previous here and here). This can cause a lot of extra stress on the ol’ peace on earth thing. Basically, if you haven’t started making by Thanksgiving, you’re going to be in the weeds all December. I decided to keep it kind of simple for at least some of the gifts this year. I call them Jar Lamps, mainly because they are made with jars (see how cleaver I am). I like the idea that a majority of the piece is made from an off-the-shelf item.

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In the spirit of Lindsey Adelman’s You Make It series, here is the parts list:

Jar - Michaels, can’t find it on the site though
Porcelain Keyless Socket - Grand Brass
Braided Fabric Cord - Grand Brass
Cord Dimmer - Grand Brass
Threaded Nipple - Grand Brass
Turned Base - made it myself

It’s a pretty straight forward build — wired up wooden base, jar shade, and a cool Edison bulb.

Ok, so not as detailed as Ms. Adelman’s, but you get the idea.

A Very Made-y Christmas

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

It’s that time of year again, like last Christmas (and many many many others), my family made gifts for each other.

I made my sisters Lake Log lamps and bowls, made my mom a big mallet for cooking, made my nephew some wooden toys, and a couple of small chalkboards for the little guy as well.

My sisters made necklaces, plates and coasters out of resin, pillows, and toys. Take a look.

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Face of the Month

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Making Faces

Haven’t done this in awhile, I saw this at Kate and Jon’s place.

Recently I gave a couple of sets of eyes to some kids (I can’t believe I haven’t done that before, stupid I know), it was great to see them play with them. They instantly started attaching them to metal things, to their hair, their clothes, so cool. Definitely one of the more fun things I’ve ever made.

Look what my mommy made me

Monday, June 1st, 2009

A lathe chisel canvas roll-up carrying case (say that five times). She took an old canvas tote bag and turned it into this.

All of the chisels fit

Original Bag Figuring out how it'll come together Front side All done All done

Thanks mom.

Face of the Month

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Making Faces

This guy does not like to travel. February Face of the Month by Stinky.

More Making Faces

DIY Christmas Part 2: Electric Boogaloo

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

As I said before, my family has the Christmas tradition of making our presents. I finally got some of pictures of what my parents and sisters made.

My mom painted and reupholstered some chairs for my sister.

Before and After

My one sister made a ceramic deer head for one of my other sister. It ended up looking very similar to this. Here is a pic of the armature.

Stag Head Armature

One sister made a bracelet of Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs.

PA Dutch Hex Sign Bracelet   PA Dutch Hex Sign Bracelet

They also made charcoal drawings, scrapbooks, duvet covers, and much more. I just don’t have any pictures of them. My family does it up right.

Face of the Month

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Making Faces

January Face of the Month by Jon.

More Making Faces

DIY Christmas

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

My family has the Christmas tradition of making our presents. This year I made turned candle sticks for one of my sisters. I was inspired by some candle sticks I had seen in a design blog somewhere.

Candle Sticks

An oak side table (or stool, can’t decide) for another sister. Kind of an homage to the Eames Walnut Stools

Turned Oak End Table

And a patterned t-shirt using discharge paste (maybe the worst named product ever). Remember the S.E.A. Monkey?

S.E.A. Monkey T-shirt