It has been a while since my last post. That’s mostly due to my recent move from California to Colorado. I’m still in the process of figuring out a shop setup in Fort Collins, but, in the meantime, it’s time for a new post.
Just before I left California, I completed work on an outdoor lighting project for a house in Woodside. It was one of the most complex projects I have taken on, but it was also one of the most satisfying. The final design features a suspended mahogany ring, nearly five feet in diameter, that weighs in at over fifty pounds.
Throughout the process of designing and building the light, I took a lot more pictures than usual. They provide a good look into my way of working, so I’ll let them do the explaining.
Getting started on this project, I had a lot of ideas and possibilities floating around my head. Instead of turning to my usual sketchbook, I relied more heavily on Autodesk Inventor to generate simple renderings and help me visualize the different layouts that were partially formed in my mind.
Some of these designs are clearly better than others, but it never hurts to put all of your thoughts down on paper (or in this case, screen). After deciding that Ring 1 was the best design, I got to work.