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 New Yorker, John has been fashioning custom furniture for many years. Although he started a lucrative career building custom cabinetry at Bloomingdales, his heart wasn’t in it, and he moved to Cody, WY. He worked for a local furniture maker in town, then eventually opened Norseman Designs West where he began building his own line of award-winning high-end western furniture. He combines the simple honesty of Shaker-style furniture with the flowing curves of Art Nouveau. Wood, his favorite medium, is warm and forgiving, and each different species of wood has their own smell and characteristics like people. John enjoys working and incorporating different textures in his pieces. He gains inspiration from nature, and by looking at the work of old masters, from Shaker to Stickley, Art Nouveau to Molesworth. May was a great month for John, he received the Mountain Living Award for lifetime achievement in western furniture design and celebrated the birth of his children and grandchildren.