Wood Light Canopy
When I started making my wine bottle pendant lights I realized that I did’t have any canopies sitting around the house to cover the fixture box in the ceiling. I also- didn’t want to finish the look of my hand-made lighting with some boring stock canopy from a big-box store. So I fired up the lathe, chucked in a 4″ diameter pine circle, and started turning. Thus was born our wood light canopies.
Wood Light Canopy Construction
My first two canopies were made as an experiment. But when I started making them in larger quantities I realized that I needed to make the shapes match. So I started by making a template from scrap 3/8″ plywood that outlines the teardrop shape that I give my canopies. Then I start with a 4″ diameter circle, slightly over-size. I secure it on the lathe, and start shaping with a few basic gouges. As I progress I check the shape against the template until they match as closely as possible.
When I’m finished turning the canopy to it’s rough shape I leave it in the lathe and sand it to 220 grit. I clean them and then give them a finish of oil and wax.