Making a lamp
I created this shoji lamp from beautiful 80-year-old spruce that came out of planks from an old shed being torn down on a neighbor's farm, together with walnut from a tree that fell on that same farm.
The exterior of the planks—weathered to a beautiful, deeply grained gray with just a hint of a one time whitewashing as well as colorful splashes of lichen—can be seen in the neck of the lamp.
The interior of the planks yielded an amazingly fragrant, tightly grained wood that I used for the frame of the main body, which is an exploration of the hexagon.
The kumiko—or inner panels—and the base are made from the walnut. The base is accented with round maple feet. The lamp stands about 2½ feet tall.