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Billy Hall's Glowing Wood Sculptures

Photo: Glowing Wood Sculptures

Artist Billy Hall uses a lathe to sculpt whole wood blocks thin enough to be used as lampshades. The shades are usually between 1/32 and 3/32 of an inch thick and coated with epoxy. Pictured above is "Luna", a globular design made from Southern Yellow Pine. via DudeCraft

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My Friend from the Balsams resort in Dixville NH, Peter Bloch has been doing this for years. Check his stuff out at

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If you use epoxy on wood that thin, it gets impregnated through and through. And then it is the woodfabric with the epoxy itself that gives enough support and crosslinking within the material. One only has to use an extra layer of glasfiber if the wood cannot get impregnated inside-out.
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