My children and I worked for months (and in the case of the featured lamps, years) to be ready for the Tooele Arts Festival, a gathering of more dozens of artists and crafters from around the American west, held June 14-16. I purchased a booth space to sell the family wares. This post highlights several wood lamps I made with my sons John, Caleb, and Hyrum. Displaying our art for three days was an intense and rewarding social experience as we interacted with many hundreds of people, not pushing for sales, but just being personable. We sold three lamps, five rag rugs crocheted by my mother, eight wood bird-beak back scratchers carved by Caleb, and two dozen papier mache floral jars made with my daughter Hannah and my sons, along with 40 copies of my book Rabbit Lane: Memoir of a Country Road. Making these lamps with my sons has been a meaningful father-son experience for me, and hopefully gave them a sense of creativity, beauty, and business. You can see our other lamps on the Woodcraft page of this blog.
Burl wood in Sedona red, by Caleb.
Burl wood in Provincial brown, by Caleb. (Sold $49.)
Cottonwood with larval etchings, by Hyrum.
Root stump, by Hyrum.
Forked branch, by Hyrum.
Slender branch, by Hyrum.
“Anchor” by Hyrum. (Sold $49.)
“Little Guy” by John.
Hyrum’s first lamp from 2014.
“Old Timer” by Dad (me). This one is on my night stand. (Made in 1993,)
“Stone” by Hyrum.
“Ripples” by Hyrum. (Sold $29.)
Congratulations on all counts, Roger. Especially the sale of your books and I love your children’s names.
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Thank you! It was quite an adventure. I certainly had to come out of myself!