This lesson is about making a desk lamp that is topped with a Bentwood hat. A bentwood hat is the hunting visor of the Aleutiiq, Supiaq, Sugpiaq, Unangax people of the Aleutian island chain of Alaska. The bentwood hat helps keep glare out of your eyes while paddling in the ocean. The bentwood hat or visor would also hide the hunters eyes form the animals they were hunting. The hunters also believed that animals would give themselves to the hunter with the best decorated hat. Bentwood hats also told how experienced the person was, a new hunter hat a shorter hat, while an experienced hunter hat a longer hat, and a chief has a different fully enclosed hat. For more information visit https://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=18.
Use the attached file as is or adapt it to your suited purpose. Laser cut the lamp stand on the 24x12 1/8 plywood ( if you do not have a laser cutter you could cut them with a coping saw, scroll saw or band saw by printing the file and pasting it to the plywood.) Laser cut ( or using a saw) cut the veneer using the bentwood hat file provided.
We need to prep the insides parts so when we put pieces together they are painted, this prevents having to paint hard to reach areas. You will need: Paint Paint brushes Tacky Glue Clamp
Using the other parts that have been laser cut you will begin to construct the base of the lamp. This set if instructions you will glue and paint the base of the stand. you will also be putting a set of wirse in to help hide them. You will need: laser cut lamp parts Glue ( Tacky glue works good) Paint Paint brushes 2 Wires measuring 14 inches
This step will be setting up the electronics for the lamp. You will need: Safety goggles Soldering Iron Well ventilated area or/and exhaust fan Solder 4 LED - this example used 2 blue 5v Ultrabright LEDs and 2 White 5v Ultrabright LEDs 4 wires 5 inches long 2 wires 2 inches long power jack three way switch Helping Hand electrical tape
Gluing the LED lamp base onto the stand and attaching the wires to the stand. You will need: Tacky Glue Hot Glue
Finishing the wiring assembly. You will need: Solder Soldering Iron Safety Glasses Hot glue gun
This step is attaching, painting and decorating the bentwood hat. This section will also go over making traditional paints to paint with, this is optional and you can use acrylic or whatever paints you have on hand. You will need: Hot glue gun Paint brushes Cup of water Pipet Anvil Rock Hammer Rock Paper Fishing line - 10 to 20 lb test Beads Feathers Super glue Drill 1/16th inch drill bit Sand paper
Making and using traditional paints. You will need: Hammer Rock or a hammer Anvil Rock or a hard surface Mortar and pestle (optional) Paper Water or oil Charcoal Clay Ocher