The Chelonia lamp is a more contemporary form. The body and plinth of the lamp base use a stack lamination bowl technique, where a wood plank is cut into concentric rings on a bandsaw with the blade at an angle. Reassembling these rings in a reversed order creates a 3-dimensional form that can be turned into a bowl with little waste. Many interesting effects can be created with this technique.
The conical shade is shown with this lamp. Panels can either be light (alkyd) or amber (shellac) mica or birdseye veneer panels. Wood veneers are infused with clear penetrating epoxy and laminated to sheer fiberglass cloth to stabilize and inhibit cracking. The pagoda shade also works with this lamp.
Lamps and shades are fine sanded, oiled to bring out the figure, and finished in catalysed lacquer for a durable finish.
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