The lamp base uses the "Inside-Out" turning technique. This process involves turning the interior profile first on the outside of the blank. Then the the blank is quartered and re-glued, putting the profile facing inside. The exterior is then turned to harmonize with the interior profile. The interior and exterior surfaces can be finished separately and differently, as shown here. The interior is kept natural, while the exterior is treated with a chemical mordant that gives the ebony finish. In the second example, a silver or metal leaf is applied to the interior, then treated with various patinating chemicals to color effects. Either an ebonized center spindle or a brass tube is used to house the lamp wire.
The conical shade is recommended with this lamp. Panels can either be light (alkyd) or amber (shellac) mica. Handmade lokta bark paper shades, as shown on the second piece, are also available.
Lamps and shades are fine sanded, oiled to bring out the figure, and finished in catalyzed lacquer for a durable finish.
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