Skatelamp

$595.00
The Story

A bent lamination table lamp made to order from the industrial waste of skateboard manufacturing. 

  • * 18" tall, 12" long, 5" wide. 
  • * 10 watt halogen bulb with frosted globe gives a warm glow. 
  • * Colored strips of maple are steamed and glued together to form the shape. 

    

This lamp is a collaboration project between Paul Sykes of Sykes Wood Fenders and MapleXO. Sykes is an incredible woodworker from Portland OR, who makes everything from wooden bicycle fenders to hi-end furniture and store fixtures. His obsessive attention to the details of function and aesthetic make his pieces true works of art. 
    Collaborating with MapleXO was a natural progression for Sykes, as Lindsay Jo Holmes, (owner of MapleXO) credits him with teaching her everything she knows about woodworking and power tools (read more about this here). 


    "These lamps are not an easy thing to make!" Says Holmes as she explains the process: 

     "The wood comes straight from the dumpsters of a skateboard factory in Tijuana. Since skateboards are basically a hot dog shape cut out of a rectangle, these perfect strips of maple veneer are left behind." 

    "We sort out the colored veneer and start with glueing and slicing. We're basically making veneer-veneer! Once we have our colorful     striped strips ready (and no, we don't dye them... the colors come straight from the skateboard scrap), we square, sand, steam, and bend them."

    "Creating the channel for the cord is one of the most labor intensive parts of the process. With this channel, however, the cord is hidden and out of the way, and can be easily replaced. Once we've bent the laminated strips, we take them out of the mold, glue them up, put them in a different mold and still have about another 10 steps to go through until the lamp is complete."

 Please allow additional time to ship, as these lamps are made to order. This product is non-refundable.

Thank you for helping us reduce the carbon footprint of skateboarding!