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.
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.
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
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.
Not all those who wander are lost
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
New phone wallpaper, etc. etc.
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.