A Bright Idea

This light bulb-shaped lamp requires a little plywood (plus a little geometry) to make it look just brilliant.

By Christopher Schwarz
Pages:46-47

From the August 2011 issue #191
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For me, one of the most perfect shapes ever designed is the general-purpose incandescent light bulb. While some people use the word “mushroom” to describe its profile, I’ve never seen a fungus with such sinuous and perfect curves.

VIDEO: See how to cut and sand the round discs – no jigs.
MODEL: Click here for the SketchUp model of the Light Bulb Lamp.
WEB SITE: See the RISD project that inspired this design.
BLOG: Read how hand-tool skills helped with these power-tool operations.
TO BUY: “Making Japanese-Style Lamps and Lanterns” by Edward R. Turner.
IN OUR STORE: “Boxes, Clocks, Lamps, and Small Projects.”

From the August 2011 issue #191
Buy this issue now