Pine floor lamp with applied pole detail and hand painted rawhide shade.
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This Molesworth-inspired floor lamp is made of a tall length of pine with natural curve, knots, and grain. John Gallis of Norseman Designs West has carved, sanded, and finished the pine with his typical satin glow, which brings out the wood’s natural texture and color. The base is a round slice of pine with applied pole detailing, and the shade is the finest quality rawhide, tested for durability, and hand-painted with a bull elk, pine trees, and lacing around the edges. This floor lamp was made in the style of Thomas Molesworth, but every detail has been smoothed, sanded, and oiled to make it a special moment in any home–equally comfortable in a ranch or as an accent in a rustic living room.
A native of Long Island, John established a lucrative career building custom cabinetry for Bloomingdale’s before moving west to Cody, Wyoming. He worked for a local furniture maker in town before opening Norseman Designs West, where he created his own line of awardwinning high-end western furniture. John combines the simple honesty of Shaker style with the flowing curves of Art Nouveau. Wood is his favorite medium; it is warm and forgiving, and he enjoys incorporating different textures into his pieces. He finds that each species of wood has its own unique scent and characteristics. He particularly likes working with walnut and juniper, as they blend well and complement each other. John searches out exotic examples of these woods, focusing on their figure and grain to enhance the overall look of the piece itself. He says he tries not to overwork the wood to be something it’s not. John gains inspiration from nature and by studying the work of the masters, from Shaker to Stickley, from Art Nouveau to Cody’s own Thomas Molesworth. John’s son, Ian, has been working with him for the past fifteen years and plans to continue the Gallis legacy into the next generation. Whether crafted by the father or son, each Norseman Designs West piece is highly refined, elegantly composed, and decidedly original.