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Offline deepcreek

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The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« on: November 07, 2020, 10:28 AM »
The Texas Furniture Makers Show opened this week and runs through mid-December at the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center.  This is our sixth year to have a piece selected for the exhibition.


Joe Adams
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Offline deepcreek

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2020, 10:30 AM »
“The Twin Sisters”
(Texas Style)

These matching table lamps honor the legendary pair of cannons that helped the Republic of Texas win its independence from Mexico.  Donated by the citizens of Ohio, the Twin Sisters fired the opening salvo at the Battle of San Jacinto.

The lamps prominently feature Texas Mesquite including an amazing specimen interwoven with holes left by beetle larvae.  The Mesquite is further accented with Hard Maple and genuine Gaboon Ebony inlays.  Appropriately, the Mesquite finials atop the lamps are artfully shaped as cannon balls launching from a muzzle.

Steel elements are hand hammered and carefully patinated to resemble vintage forging.  The faux rawhide shades are crafted with suede stitching, silver plated conchos, and decorative leather rosettes providing a decidedly distinctive western flair.

The lamps are wired with high quality UL listed components including a heavy duty brass 3-way socket (rated 250w 250v) and a braided fabric covered copper wire cord.  The bulbs are energy efficient 3-way LED (40/60/100w equivalent) with a 2700k warm white color.

The wood elements are finished with a European hardwax oil and hand rubbed to a velvet sheen.  The steel patina is sealed and protected with satin nitrocellulose lacquer.

These one-of-a-kind heirloom quality luminaires were produced with meticulous attention to detail using the finest components available to create stunning works of functional art suitable for any setting.

They each measure 35" Tall by 18" Diameter.
Joe Adams
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Houston, Texas

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2020, 11:30 AM »
Where’s the like button?
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Offline deepcreek

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2020, 12:09 PM »
Joe Adams
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Houston, Texas

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Offline rvieceli

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2020, 09:05 PM »
Very nice

Ron

Offline CeeJay

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2020, 09:47 PM »
Very nice pieces. Very Texas!


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Offline Cheese

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2020, 10:01 AM »
Nice job Joe...I like the small details you include in all of your projects.  [big grin]

Love the electrical cord...just perfect for this project.

Did the Twin Sisters have names or was it just cannon 1 & cannon 2?

Offline deepcreek

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2020, 10:34 AM »
Nice job Joe...I like the small details you include in all of your projects.  [big grin]

Love the electrical cord...just perfect for this project.

Did the Twin Sisters have names or was it just cannon 1 & cannon 2?

Thank you for the kind words.  The great furniture designer, Michael Fortune, once judged one of our pieces (All Hat, No Cattle) and noted that we attend to every detail.

We specifically selected the cords to complement the lamps.  Everything matters.

There is a lot of mystery surrounding these cannons and their final fate is unknown.  Here is a link to the official State history.

https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/twin-sisters
Joe Adams
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Houston, Texas

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Offline Cheese

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2020, 11:24 AM »
Thank you for the kind words.  The great furniture designer, Michael Fortune, once judged one of our pieces (All Hat, No Cattle) and noted that we attend to every detail.

We specifically selected the cords to complement the lamps.  Everything matters.

There is a lot of mystery surrounding these cannons and their final fate is unknown.  Here is a link to the official State history.

https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/twin-sisters

Thanks for the Twin Sisters link.  [big grin]  There's a lot of history involved with the "Twins", too bad they aren't still around.  [sad]

I thought this was interesting,
"According to family tradition, the cannons received the name "Twin Sisters" at Brazoria from the twin daughters of Dr. Charles Rice who by coincidence were on board the Pennsylvania when it arrived in Texas."

Offline deepcreek

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2020, 01:27 PM »
Hand hammered & antiqued steel.

Joe Adams
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Houston, Texas

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2020, 12:35 AM »
Very nice work. 👍

Offline Cheese

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2020, 11:02 AM »
Interesting work Joe...a ball peen and an anvil.  [big grin]. Food for thought.

Thanks for the Jax steel blackening tip. Will it still rust if it's not clear coated?

I have this vise that I'd like to blacken and provide a little more rust protection to.


Offline deepcreek

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2020, 12:01 AM »
Interesting work Joe...a ball peen and an anvil.  [big grin]. Food for thought.

Thanks for the Jax steel blackening tip. Will it still rust if it's not clear coated?

I have this vise that I'd like to blacken and provide a little more rust protection to.

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@Cheese They recommend either wax or a clear coat to seal the patina.  It can be left "natural" but it will rust.  If you have questions, contact Anthony at JAX.  He knows his stuff and was very helpful with application advice.
Joe Adams
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Houston, Texas

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Offline Cheese

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2020, 10:16 AM »
@Cheese They recommend either wax or a clear coat to seal the patina.  It can be left "natural" but it will rust.  If you have questions, contact Anthony at JAX.  He knows his stuff and was very helpful with application advice.

Thanks Joe @deepcreek ...I'll give Anthony a call.  [smile]

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2020, 09:54 AM »
Very nice work deep creek, hope ya win

Offline Stan Tillinghast

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2020, 03:01 PM »
Bravo! Super nice work and indeed “attention to detail”.
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Offline deepcreek

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2020, 11:15 PM »
As they say, it's all in the details.

There were barely any holes showing when I started.  Just little spots of worm castings or sawdust that I removed to reveal their handiwork.

Joe Adams
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Offline deepcreek

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2020, 12:19 AM »
We won our category.  Best Texas Style.

Joe Adams
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Offline rvieceli

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2020, 06:09 AM »
Congratulations on the award Joe. Great work.

Ron

Offline CeeJay

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2020, 05:53 PM »
Well deserved guys. I love the stitching on the shades.


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Offline Cheese

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2020, 09:18 AM »
Congratulations Joe... [thumbs up]...nice stuff.

Offline deepcreek

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Re: The Twin Sisters - Texas Style Table Lamps
« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2020, 11:53 PM »
The show ended its six week run yesterday.  Already thinking about next year...

Joe Adams
TimberFire Studio
Houston, Texas

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