By the way...get ready for a load of photographs.....certain things are best explained by pictures!
Step 1: Materials
wood stain ( oil or water based)
clear polythene varnish
nails and screwdriver (or drill and screwdriver)-for tin punching
1/4" square dowels
drill bit with 1/8" bit ( the size of the barbecue sticks)
Step 2: Chop your wood
Some reclaimed wood will also look nice as it would add to the texture of the lamp.
Find the center of the blocks and drill a hole through
For the base cut a larger square block and cut a thin plywood the same size. Drill the hole only in the base plate..cut a slot for the wire and drill pilot holes in the plywood to screw and fix it to the base plate.
Sand the blocks...I sanded the edges too as i have children. Now treat the wood with wood preservative.
Stack the blocks randomly till you achieve the height you want. If you are going to stain all the same color then it's not a problem. As I was doing this for my cousin and she wanted assorted colors...I marked around the hole which colors that particular block would be.
Now stain your wood. If you want a darker color ...repeat the stain. Don't worry if it looks dull once dry...the clear finish will bring out the color.