Staff Woodworking Competition – The Light Of My Life By Kristine Inkster

The Light Of My Life

Created by Kristine Inkster, Arbortech Executive Director


Novice woodworker? No 

Description of your wood art?
The base of a lamp for the home.


Where did you get your inspiration for your wood art piece?
The piece of wood. I carved this piece because I was running out of time before the event was to be judged and saw this piece of cypress pine which I thought would make a good lamp base.


What type of wood did you use?
Camphor laurel.


What Arbortech tool/s did you use to create this piece?
  • TURBOPlane
  • 4″ sanders
  • Mini Sander
  • Mini Industrial


What was your process in the creation of this project?
I cut it in half to make two pieces the same size and then drew a rough shape for the neck before cutting each piece with a bandsaw. After deciding which sides I wanted to show as the external edge of the lamp, I then ran a channel for the wiring down the center of each piece using the Arbortech Mini-Grinder with the Industrial Blade attached.


Once I had the channel I could glue both pieces together so  I could start shaping.  I then used the TURBOPlane to take off the edges and give me that nice rounded rectangular shape.


When I was satisfied with the shape I  used the Contour Sander to sand the neck and sides.  I then used oil to finish off as I wanted a matte finish before threading the wiring through and gluing in a small piece of aluminum tubing into the top to make it look a little nicer.  Then I purchased a lamp shade which suited the base and have placed it on the entry hall table.


Where does this piece reside now?
Entry hall table in my house. See picture below of the lamp being displayed at my house. 



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