I Hella Heart bikes. And building things out of wood. And... lamps. It's true.
So the holy grail is combining all three in a single project as with this lamp.
Yes, you turn on the lamp by squeezing the brake lever. You don't want to know how long it took me to figure that one out!
I can tell you that it involved using a paper clip to tie a lamp pull-chain to the end of a brake cable all housed inside a pen cap that just happened to be the right size.
As you may know, I like to use recycled materials because the quirkiness of each re-purposed part brings it's own character to the final piece. So let's break it down:
1. The wood is a super beefy 1.5 inch hardwood from an old desk.
2. The break lever (now switch) and bar grip are from my old Specialized Stump Jumper mountain bike. (After leaving it overnight near the train, all that was left in the morning was the frame, handle bars, and this lever.... serves me right.)
3. The bike fork is from an old steel road bike given to me by a friend back when I worked at REI. Thanks Aaron! (Whom I haven't seen in 7 years.)
4. The lamp shade is an HVAC duct part.
5. The light bulb.... I bought. Sue me.
As you can see, I had originally sanded most of the paint off the fork, but never finished it. I recently took the lamp apart to properly paint the fork. I chose racecar red. The fork is beautiful!! Unfortunately, I never reassembled the lamp after dismantling it. The parts are all now awaiting a new life maybe as another lamp, maybe as something else. I will always remember this lamp fondly. A memorial service will be held for it, in the dark, next month.