A Lamp Made With a Palm Tree Bark




Introduction: A Lamp Made With a Palm Tree Bark

Some years ago, our nice palm tree was attacked by a butterfly, I found the following name on internet, Paysandisia archon but don't ask me more. The palm tree died, it was fully infested by big white sworms or better said, caterpillars of butterfly.

When cutting the palm tree, I found out that the trunk or the bark separated in several slices or tubes of fibres. Not really knowing to what I could use, I nevertheless kept some... don't visit my shop, it is full of things that could be used one day...

I like playing with light, and after some years I had the idea to make a lamp out of it. I think that the famous sentence from Lavoisier applies here: "Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme" - "Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed"

I first published this instructable on a french site: ouiaremakers and also on my blog.

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Step 1: Materials

Electrical stuff to make a lamp: socket, wire, switch,and plug, led bulb, threaded pipe and nut, piece of scrap wood .... and a bark of palm tree.

Step 2: Select the Palm Tree Bark and Estimate the Diameter.

On the picture you see several tubes, with the leaf departure clearly visible.

I selected one and measured the perimeter, and derived the diameter of the wood cylinder to support it. I made the wood cylinder a bit bigger to be sure the bark tube is maintained tight.

Step 3: Prepare the Wood Base

I used a piece of scrap wood to make the base.

I cut it with the scroll saw, drilled a hole for the threaded tube supporting the socket, and made a countersink for the nut with a milling tool, and a passage for the cable with a router.

Step 4: Install the Socket and Connect the Wire.

the socket is mounted on the base thanks to the threaded tube which allows the wire to go through.

Step 5: Install the Bark and Enjoy the Light

It's done!

It didn't involve a big effort but the result is really nice.

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    I have always appreciated fancy lamps and this looks like a simple addition to add onto my collection. It does look a little creepy though during the day but at night, it is a piece of art!


    3 years ago

    Nice but quite inflammable


    3 years ago

    Great idea ..