Making It / Slanted Rusty Metal Piece on a Hickory Wood Base With a Vintage Style Light Bulb Lamp / Mike Smith

I had this piece of metal I wanted to use.  I thought of different ways to make it vertical, but decided to make use of it’s tilt.  I got the materials together that I thought I would need, and got to work.

I was going to have to drill a hole for the socket, so I put the block of Hickory wood into the vise at the proper tilt.  Then, I could drill the hole straight down.

I sanded the wood and oiled it with Butcher’s Block conditioner.  I ran the lighting wires up through the bottom and connected them to the socket.

To hold the metal to the wood base, I marked and drilled three holes, and hammered cut nails into the base.  Being careful to check that they were in just the right place and at the right angle before hammering them completely.  I screwed in the vintage style bulb, and voila’.  Then I cleaned my work space.  I’m trying to make a habit of that now.

About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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