Process

Dan finds inspiration for his lamps from a variety of sources. He enjoys researching lighting and machinery from the 1920s and 30s, but also looks to architecture and fine art. Each lamp goes through several stages before it is ready for production.

Computer Modeling:
Dan begins sketching a variety of designs on paper before moving to the computer. Next he models his ideas in 3D modeling software where he can easily manipulate components and dimensions to help realize his ideas. Many lamp designs don’t make it beyond this point.
Low resolution computer model in Sketchup

Rough Prototyping:
The first physical prototypes are often produced by Dan out of styrofoam or scrap wood. They are rough proof of concepts to help him decide if he likes the idea “made flesh” as much as he does the virtual versions.
Fully wired, painted styrofoam model

Final Prototyping
The next step is to let the master woodworkers and glassblowers work their magic.

The glassblowers typically go through several versions before getting the shape and coloring just as intended.

Each fixture is a unique puzzle and a lot of consideration must go into the construction to not only realize the original vision, but also to make sure they are built to last several lifetimes. The woodshops use timeless joinery techniques and an attention to details such as grain patterns and properties of each species.
Tim McFadden picks out imperfections in the glass

Final Construction:
Each lamp is produced using sustainable domestic hardwoods such as Maple, Cherry and Walnut. Almost all joinery is done with traditional joinery techniques such as mortise and tenon, dovetail or dowel. Modern machining techniques may also be used to produce several of an intricate part thereby elevating the craft and what we are able to produce. Each is finished with several coats of a high quality, pre-catalyzed, low VOC, water borne clear coating such as typically used in high-end custom cabinetry that enhances the wood grain while keeping the lamp protected and maintenance free.

The glass is typically colored with several layers of dye on both sides to produce rich colors and attractive gradations.

All lamps use standard medium base bulb sockets or small candelabra sockets and are designed for easy bulb replacement. Each has a rotary dimmer and comes with bulbs carefully selected for that particular lamp.

Each lamp is produced using sustainable domestic hardwoods such as Maple, Cherry and Walnut. The finish produces no hazardous off-gassing during curing. All packaging the lamps ship with is 100% biodegradable.

All electrical components are UL listed for peace of mind.