Back in August I made a lamp to enter into our local county fair, in which I took "Best of Class" and "Best of Show" along with "First Place" ribbons on a bowl and a drop spindle I made as well. I later entered them into the State Fair and took home a "First Place" ribbon for my lamp, drop spindle and a "Third Place" ribbon for my bowl.
I had planned a segmented base for it as well, but it didn't quite work out as planned; so, I selected a piece of quality walnut. For turning the base I used my bowl chuck, this allowed me to flip the piece to turn the other side whenever I needed to. I turned a hole big enough for the lamp rod to inset and also drilled a hole in the side for the cord to go through, I then test fitted it and used the drill bit to mark where I needed to drill in the bottom of the rod.
After bringing it home I did some touch-ups to the base and also replaced the pull with a new one before entering it into the state fair along with my drop spindle and bowl. Again, we went the first day of the fair to see what ribbons I had received. I was exited to see that I had a "First Place" ribbon on my lamp and drop spindle and a "Third Place" ribbon on my bowl. Although my lamp and spindle were the only ones in their class it was still nice to have taken home some blue ribbons. I was disappointed to have little to no feedback on the comment cards but I guess it just left them "speechless".
A big thanks to Jen, the shop owner, for supporting a young entrepreneur!
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