Working with natural wood has always been a source of pleasure and camaraderie for my sons and me. On hikes we often spy gnarled driftwood or twisted tree roots that would make beautiful lamps. We decided to make a number of these lamps and sell them to fund our way to the 2013 and 2017 National Boy Scout Jamborees. For those unfamiliar with the Jamboree, it involves ten days touring the historic sites of New York City, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Mount Vernon, and Washington D.C., then ten days at a high adventure camp in the mountains of West Virginia. About 40,000 scouts attended the 2013 Jamboree. Here is a picture of our troop’s camp area.
Pictured above are myself (one of four troop scoutmasters), my sons John and Caleb, and my nephews Thomas and Todd (four of 36 scouts in the troop), posed before a reconstructed winter quarters cabin at Valley Forge.
We hope to make Baker Brothers Lamps a successful going concern. But in the meantime, we are learning skills and making memories together. Each post on the Rabbit Lane: Woodcraft page will feature one lamp or other woodcraft project created by my sons and myself, pictured here on September 11, 2011, before attending Sandy City’s 10th anniversary commemoration of the World Trace Center attacks.