Middleground
Artifacts by Sam Watters
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Fort Tighe Lamp

Inspired by my parents' old camp stove and a friend's stories of Adirondack summers. 

The final piece

The final piece

The Fort Tighe is a lamp built on top of a vintage Optimus camp stove, with a shade made of a map of Lake George, NY.

Brassmatass

Brassmatass

With such a gorgeous piece of gear, I was determined to find a design that didn't involve damaging the antiques.  Note here the tank itself, and also the burner assembly, all completely intact in the final piece.

Initial renders

Initial renders

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Playing with bulb assembly

Playing with bulb assembly

How do you fit in enough bulbs to cast light, while the burner occupies up the natural location for a lightbulb?

3 bulbs will do

3 bulbs will do

Designing this assembly was the trickiest part of the project.  Although, mostly discovering that they make 3-way brass hubs was the trickiest part of the project.

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 Not all those who wander are lost

Not all those who wander are lost

Brass Bypass

Brass Bypass

To avoid drilling through the tank (and the nontrivial task of drilling through a foot of dowel) I added a channel on the side and a brass conduit for the lamp cord.

 Thank god for lamp supply stores

Thank god for lamp supply stores

 New phone wallpaper, etc. etc.

New phone wallpaper, etc. etc.

Burner Assembly

Burner Assembly

The core of the lamp, a 3-way hub that allows the lamp enough smaller bulbs to provide light, with a natural central location for the burner assembly.

Easy as 1-2-3

Easy as 1-2-3

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