Glowing Wood Sculptures by Billy Hall

How The Lamps Are Made!

The lamps displayed here are all hand-turned one-of-a-kind pieces turned by Billy Hall. The bases are crafted using traditional spindle-turning techniques. Tropical exotic woods are used to construct the lamps as well as many species indigenous to North Carolina. Generally these woods are spalted, which means fungi have been allowed to grow, creating interesting and unpredictable filigreed patterns superimposed over the natural grain of the wood.

The shades of these lamps are turned out of single pieces of varying woods from North Carolina, such as Southern Pine, Cherry and Maple. The wood of choice is the knot clusters in the Southern White Pine. The outer shape of the shade is turned first. After the outside shape is turned the wood is treated with two thick coats of epoxy. After this dries the inner side of the shade is turned. The thickness of the shades varies from 1/32 to 3/32 of an inch, depending upon the translucent properties of the particular wood and the final desired color of the glowing wood. The final thickness of the shade is achieved by turning the inside of the shade in the dark with the workpiece backlit. The glow of the wood thus provides a visual guide to attain this final thinness. The completed shade is then completely sealed in a shell of epoxy to give it stability and durability.