This particular juniper lamp started out as two pieces of wood that almost fit together. Careful shaping brought them into one piece of art. After sanding to 500 grit sandpaper the piece was finished with 3 coats of semi-gloss water based polyurethane varnish. This ensures that the juniper lamp will hold up to the elements. All new electrical components were carefully wired into the lamp.
This lamp measures 14 inches to the top of the wood, 25 inches to the top of the shade. At the widest point it is 18.5 inches across, and 10.5 inches deep.
The juniper for my crafts starts in the Big Horn Mountains in northern Wyoming and southern Montana. The harsh semi-arid environment causes these trees to grow slowly and irregularly. They become twisted and gnarled from withstanding strong winds and brutal winters. After the tree dies (generally they are hundreds of years old), it remains in place for decades until storms slowly erode the soil causing the tree to uproot. It passes through the valleys, down streams, and eventually ends up drifting around the lakes in the area. As the water levels subside, the drifted juniper wood is left on the banks. I scour the banks to find the perfect pieces that can be crafted into function pieces of art. Each piece is custom made with hours of sanding to remove the silvery patina and remnants of bark. Careful grinding and shaping make the juniper lamp fit just right and make sure that all the wood is as smooth as possible.