The frailty of substance

If you ask people what they like about timber, and products made from wood, there are a number of adjectives that will be common: the warmth, the texture, the feeling that the item is real – it has density, weight, a solidness.

So it is also quite disturbing that something so seemingly solid can become translucent when it becomes thin.  This characteristic has been used to great effect by designers and woodworkers over the years – even I have a few times (although not always deliberately!)

However, it can be used in stunning ways too:

These lamps are called “Wise One Pendants” from Mammalampa.

Then there is the so called “Crack Bowl Pendant Lamps” by Kwon Jae Min.  You could misinterpret the title, until seeing them in person of course!

These are not thin enough for translucency, but the features and cracks allow the light to bleed, adding to the beauty.

This same concept is used in another natural timber product – cracked log lamps by Duncan Meerding.  As featured on the blog allthatiadore.

Amazing work by some incredibly clever and imaginative designers.


Articulated Lamp

Picked up the 55W halogen articulated lamp from Carbatec, and got the optional magnetic base to go with it.

The lamp isn’t half bad- has the on/off switch directly on the back of the lamp head, and a decent wide throw which covers a decent area- certainly plenty for the lathe which is what I wanted it for.


Small photo from the Carbatec website – will get a photo of it in-situ next time I am out in the shed.

As much as the lamp is great for the lathe, the magnetic base is a complete joke. Magnetic – hmm, that is questionable- I can get a better magnet by making it at home with a piece of ferrous metal and belting it with a hammer. Perhaps I should use that concept on the ‘magnetic’ base! It wasn’t strong enough to hold the lamp on a flat horiontal surface without being extended, let alone if the lamp was extended or attempted to be fitted to the side of the machine.

So to summarise, lamp good 🙂 optional magnetic base, bad 😦

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