Cooper Lamp

GRADUATE SHOP EXPERIENCE FINAL / FALL 2015

Tools used: hand planes, band saw, Japanese razor saw, drill press, disc sander, jump shear, finger break. 
Materials used: ash wood, copper sheet, brass tubing, steel hardware, bulb, cord and socket.

For my final shop project I was tasked with hand-making a tool using wood and metal with two points of movement. I decided to make an adjustable lamp that collapsed into itself. With a lathe off-limits, I created the cylinder by coopering – that old-school method of making barrels and buckets by planing, measuring, sawing ash wood into trapezoidal staves, then assembling, planing and sanding down to a cylindrical form. It was quite fun and back-straining!