I was born in Battle Creek in 1959, on the whole I enjoyed school and of course my favorite subject was always electronics. I built my first arts and crafts style lamp in Mr. Russel’s woodshop class at Highland Jr. High in 1972. In High school I was interested in electronics, and moved to the western suburbs of Chicago soon after graduation. Even though my career in electronics was satisfying during that time period I always loved woodworking and as early as 1982 I had a little woodshop in my basement where one of the first things I created for myself was a little FLW inspired items and then I had a craft show stand where I did a little box making also.
The right mission oak lighting can add drama and elegance to your rooms. Different mission oak lamps lighting effects contribute to create that atmosphere. General or ambient mica or stained glass lighting begins to set the mood; whether turned up bright or dimmed down low. The even glow from mica shaded lamps or a mission chandelier sets the tone. The mission oak light through a pleated shade is exactly this type of warm rich light. Ambient mission oak lighting often works along with task lighting; a arts and crafts lamp pulled up next to a reading chair or next to a bed provides the direct beam of light that is task light. This is the light that lets you read or work in a dimly lit room. But it is also the contrast between general mission oak light and the sharper pools of task light that lend mystery and drama to an interior. The most romantic light is accent lighting in our world that means mica lamp shades. The gleam of candles through mica hurricanes, the glow of votives in stained glass scattered through the room across the dining table or along the mantel. Tappers aloft above a dining table, bathe the china & crystal in a soft glow, nothing is more atmospheric than mission oak light. Often all three types of light are used together a dark entrance hall glows with candles and barley a glimmer from a mission chandelier the hall gives way to the brighter sparkle from silk shades and crystal from the room beyond.