Sometimes special commissions are more trouble than they are worth and on completion I vow never to say 'yes' to such a request again. On other occasions however, the challenge turns out to be a worthwhile exercise that develops into a new product.
Having seen my work at the Malvern Spring Garden Show last month, a customer emailed to ask if I would make one of my half-lamps using a map of Shrewsbury. Until then (for technical reasons) I had only used maps for drum shades.
At first I felt it was rather a waste of a map to only cut and use its centre, but on completion I realised that very often it is only a small area of a map that has personal significance. We are often familiar with a radius of 20 or so miles from our home and the outer areas don't mean so much to us.
This lamp was commissioned as a 25th anniversary present for a sister and brother-in-law, and the lovely 1960s OS map features the house in which they live. This one has brass fittings and a cherry wood base, I can also make them with chrome-plated fittings and oak bases.
An illuminated globe of your own place in the world!
Edited 14 August: For other shapes and sizes of map lampshade click on the 'Map Lampshades' link to your right. Thank you!