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Doug Lacher

I believe that wood grain is one of most beautiful of the naturally occurring visual patterns. Like a gem stone, the beauty is only revealed once it has been worked by the human hand. I believe working wood appeals to me because the end result is partly the form and function I have imparted to it and partly the texture, color, and grain that nature gave to the raw material. This is a creative partnership in one sense and a set of constraints in another.   I believe a hand wrought work is enhanced by an element of tension. Even though a piece may look to be completely static, when it is built in a manner where one component is pushing against or pulling on another, a tension is created and with it a grace and a feeling of being somehow alive. The interplay of these beliefs has culminated in these works that I began very tentatively over 30 years ago.  – Doug Lacher

 

LIGHTING FIXTURES

The lighting fixtures, which include lamps, table sconces, and light sculpture are made from solid hardwood and from hardwood veneer selected for grain pattern, color tone, and translucence. I combine the original technique and organic, bent wood forms to create finely wrought furnishings that radiate a warm, dramatic glow.

 

Ambrosia Maple and Black Walnut Zurich Lamp - Photo by Todd Bush

Ambrosia Maple and Black Walnut Zurich Lamp – Photo by Todd Bush

Zurich Lamp: The Zurich Lamp is reminiscent of a Tiffany style table lamp. It has twelve hardwood veneer diffuser panels supported by a bent hardwood frame and a hardwood base supporting the shade. Any compact florescent bulb that will fit inside the harp can be used as well as incandescent bulbs up to 100 watts.

This ambrosia maple Zurich lamp features a sculpted black walnut base, bent wood black walnut shade frame with ambrosia maple veneer diffuser panels. The base and the shade frame has an oil/varnish and wax finish. The exterior surface of the diffuser panels has a walnut oil finish and the interior surface a heat resistant polymer resin finish.   Dimensions: Height: 21.5″  Width:17″.

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Red Gum and Cherry Table Sconce

Red Gum and Cherry Table Sconce

Red Gum Table Sconce: This red gum Table Sconce has a flared, bent wood cherry frame with 4 dramatic, contrasting red gum wood veneer diffuser panels. The frame has an oil/varnish finish. The exterior surface of the diffuser panels has a walnut oil finish and the interior a heat resistant polymer resin finish. It is powered with one 10″ incandescent, low-heat aquarium bulb and one 9 watt, 4″ showcase, incandescent bulb, both readily available online.    Dimensions: Height: 20.5″, Width: 4.5″ at top.

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Deco Sconce

Deco Sconce

Deco Sconce:  This sconce features a flared, bent wood frame with 8 contrasting wood veneer diffuser panels. The frame has an oil/varnish finish. The exterior surface of the diffuser panels has a walnut oil finish and the interior a heat resistant polymer resin finish. It is illuminated by two 10″, low heat incandescent, aquarium bulbs and two 9 watt, 4″ showcase bulbs.

This red gum Deco Sconce is the top of the table sconce line. It has a frame of black walnut and red gum veneer diffuser panels. The classic Art Deco inspired lines of this sconce are dramatically brought to life by the contrasting color of the red gum heartwood and sapwood veneers.    Dimensions:  Height: 22″, Width: 8″ (at top), Depth: 5″ (at top).

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CLOCKS

 

The Blowing Rock Pendulum Clock made with red gum and native black walnut

The Blowing Rock Pendulum Clock made with red gum and native black walnut

The Blowing Rock Clock:  Reminiscent of the mountain peaks surrounding the Blue Ridge town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, this clock comes in two varieties, a narrower pendulum clock (pictured at left) and wider mantel clock. Both have a quartz movement powered by a single AA battery.

Dimensions: Pendulum Clock – Height: 10”, Width: 11 ½”   Mantel Clock – Height: 10”, Width: 26”

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The Dot Clock

The Dot Clock

 

The Dot Clock: This whimsical design is handcrafted with red gum, and birch hardwoods. The red gum frame and face features ink pigmented birch accents. Both the hands and pendulum are powered by a compact quartz movement with a single AA battery.

Dimensions: Height: 8 1/2′, Width: 7 1/2′, Depth: 2″.

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Susan Lenz

Susan LenzUsing layers of polyester velvet, metallic foiling, and recycled acrylic felt, Susan Lenz’s works reflect her passion for historic buildings, especially stained glass windows and the colors and eco-friendly ideals of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a 20th c. Austrian artist and architect. The work is the result of hand-guided, free-motion machine embroidery and melting techniques, a unique process that Susan developed herself. Each piece builds on the last in an exploration of design motifs and stitched symbols.

 

 

Lenz Window XCI

Lenz Lancet Windows XXV & XXX VII-2

 

Lenz Stained Glass LII

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Barbel Brooks

Fusing glass is my passion.

Artistically and technically, glasswork presents an evolving challenge.

During the fusion process, pieces of glass in varying sizes are assembled with different techniques before being kiln fired several times at 1200 to 1600 degrees F.  They are then cold worked by cutting, grinding and polishing.  Often fired repeatedly to achieve a desired finish or shape, each piece is a unique representation of my skills and imagination.

With a background in chemistry and physics, mine is a scientific understanding of glass and how it responds magically to heat.  The unique transformations never fail to amaze me.  I draw upon my own history and experiences to influence my art.

 

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