Timeless Designing lamps, I follow a few rules, elegance, timelessness, functionality, and simplicity even when using complex mathematical design layers.
Lamps are individually inspired firstly by the love of my life, she is my everything. Other inspiration is influenced by world events, politics, science, nature, humanity, design, architecture, life experiences, and the Akashic record.
Gourd This year I grew gourds, I am waiting for them to dry. Current lamps use California gourds. All gourds are chosen for their quality, shape, and size.
Base Every base is individually designed, hand forged, wood-worked, and shaped. An Erleuchten base is unique to the lamp. Burl used for a base is high quality and sourced around our property. Lamp II “Tani” and III “SJW” use maple burl as shown as the header photo on this page.
Cap Caps are individually and uniquely designed, wood-worked, stained, and sealed. An Erleuchten cap is unique to the lamp. Burl used for a cap is high quality and sourced around our property. Lamp II “Tani” and III “SJW” use maple burl as shown as the header photo on this page.
Process The high level process to create a lamp is loosely represented below.
History , in a nutshell. Gourds are one of the earliest domesticated plants originating in Asia and Africa at the latest 13,000 B.C. migrating to the rest of the world soon after. Gourd carving is at least this old.
I make lamps.
extremely abridged version of my erleuchten story
What is there to say. I’m light sensitive; our home is always low lit. New ways to light architectural space interest me.
My professional and personal life included a myriad of art, design, engineering, business, marketing, public speaking, travel, and curating.
A lifetime working for myself, a career winding down, looking for a new and final career that utilizes my personal and professional experience I decided to move into making UHE, unique, one of kind pieces of functional art. Something I would buy for my home. Erleuchten, was born. Erleuchten is German for “light”, “Illuminate”, “enlighten”.
I spent almost two years designing and building the first lamp. It was built backwards and upside down. I made every mistake that could be made learning how not to do something ending in finding the right way to do it. There isn’t a class to learn how to do this, I had to teach myself. I trialed tools, bulbs, gourds, stains, seals, metals, wraps, cords, switches, woodworking techniques, and mush more. Several years later my first lamp is ready for sale.