Hyrum has wanted to make a wood lamp for his Aunt Carolyn, who appreciates art and craft. We began by spray painting the rough roots of an old stump. But the wood was so cracked and rotten that we could not work with it without it crumbling into pieces. We worried that no matter how nice the lamp looked, one fall would destroy it.
To strengthen the wood, we painted it with two coats of diluted wood glue, which sealed all the cracks and breaks and made the old root a solid piece of lamp wood.
We painted the wood again to cover the creamy film of the dried wood glue. Most of our lamps are stained various shades of brown. But this lamp we spray painted a glossy black, giving the rustic wood a sleek and exotic look. “Exquisite” as my sister described it. She was thrilled with her new lamp, and we were thrilled with her happiness.
Hyrum has become an accomplished lamp maker, with an eye for the right wood pieces.