You know that old Tootsie Roll commercial where they're singing "Whatever it is I think I see, becomes a Tootsie Roll to me?" That popped into my head as I was building this lamp because everything I think I see becomes a lamp to me.
This is an tensioner pulley I found on the side of the road on my way to work one day. (That must have been a bad day for some poor motorist.) The first day I saw it, I left it there. The next day I thought, "Yep, that's a lamp." and swing my bike around to go back and get it. I tossed it in the front basket where it rattled around for the rest of the day.
It sat on the railing in the shop for a few weeks because that center hole wasn't large enough to pass a 3/8" all thread pipe through. After walking past it enough times I got an idea last night that I had to try out. It was already late and I was getting tired, but I tested out the idea and it seemed like it was going to work, so I went to bed.
I was up at the crack of dawn this morning when Jodi got up to go to work. Sometimes I think I might sleep for a little bit more after she gets up, but it doesn't usually work that way. I started thinking about the roast I wanted to get in the crock pot, and this lamp that I wanted to finish, and I was up making a cup of coffee a couple minutes after she walked out the door. After getting that roast in the crock pot... and believe me, you're gonna wish you were over for dinner tonight... I finally got some Iron Maiden playing and got to work on this lamp. I have to tell you, I have been listening to Iron Maiden for two days and I am kicking myself for not getting tickets to that show recently! I should have just bought the tickets and worried about money later. My plans changed a little from last night, but I got it all wrapped up in time to take a couple pictures and head off to my mind-numbing 9 to 5.
I have a little more room at Red Hot Art Festival 2017 than I usually do at a craft show, so I fixed up a card table that I dumpstered at one point. The top was shot, but frame and legs were still in fine condition, so I used the wood from some cupboards they took out of our kitchen when the landlord remodeled. They were made out of real wood, not particle board, but they sat outside in the elements too long to be usable for much. However, there was enough there to make a pretty sweet little table top. Plus the wood is sturdy enough, I should be able to attach a power strip to the underside for plugging in lamps.