Pair-shaped, part II

December 4, 2013

At an estate sale in early October, I found (along with parts to complete The Rake’s Progress), two three-piece sets of funky old graters: one trio (Wonder) aged to a dark, warm gray; the other (Rapid) unevenly silver. I was intrigued; they whispered sconces to me, but didn’t offer any details. It was enough. I brought them home.

I first thought of making six small wall lamps, but then thought perhaps larger ones would be more appealing. A pair then, one light, one dark. But lining them up side by side, like with like, I didn’t like what I saw. What to do?

Eventually I decided to mix and match, and flipped the orientation of the mismatched center grater to make the irregularity more obviously intentional. Then it was just a matter of figuring out how to attach the graters to each other and to the wood backplate. And since this was an entirely new design for me, the answers weren’t immediately obvious.

In the end, they came together, though I’m still debating whether I should just paint the graters to give a uniform finish. I’d love to hear what you think.

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One comment

  1. Don’t paint them. I like them au naturel.


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