Smoke, a lamp by Hyrum Baker
My son, Hyrum, and I made this lamp together. For his first lamp project, in 2014, he chose a difficult piece of wood, which required drilling with long bits at awkward angles. We rescued this Russian Olive root, standing about 36 inches tall, on a firewood cutting expedition. Encrusted with mud, Hyrum worked for weeks to clean and sand the wood, filling the cracks with putty, and staining: he chose Sedona Red. The putty didn’t stain well, so we used a matching barn-red paint to cover the still-pale putty, then stained over the dried paint, all for a rich rusty red result. I am particularly proud of Hyrum, aged 12 at the time, for this excellent piece of artwork that happens to also be a lamp. (I helped a little, of course.) He named the lamp Smoke. We suggest the value of this lamp to be $650 or more, depending on the market. It is waiting to be taken to the perfect home.
Here is Hyrum pictured recently sitting at the bench of a federal district court judge during a recent scouting expedition for the Citizenship in the Nation merit badge.
After visiting the courthouse and other state and federal buildings, we enjoyed sandwiches at the Boston Deli, a downtown Salt Lake City lunch spot featuring jazz vinyl records, instruments, and music.