“A bad workman blames his tools” is one of those sayings that rally gets me. If I have a blunt chisel, why shouldn’t I blame it? Stupid thing should be sharper. OK, so I could sharpen it or throw it in the bin and get a better one. I suppose that’s the lesson I’ve learnt. If you’re blaming your tools, do something about it. And that’s exactly what I did when I got annoyed with the bad lighting in my “workshop” (kitchen). I couldn’t see what the hell I was doing and so I decided to make a lamp.
The design was loosely based on an Anglepoise lamp and one I saw in Homage (see here). I had a chrome head from a defunct office lamp which I used to draw out the right proportions.
After transferring the measurements onto some American red oak, I cut the arms to size, planed them and drilled the necessary holes.
The arms were now in place and held together with some 5mm studs and wingnuts.
A section needed cutting out for the lamp head fixture.
The base was next – a large lump of Tasmanian oak would hopefully be heavy enough to support the structure. After a bit of planing and chopping, it was ready to be assembled with the arms and the head.
And because I thought it looked so good I took some super sexy close-up shots. Mmmmmmm look at that grain. Oooo don’t get too excited.
So, that’s my lamp. And this video expresses how I feel about it.