The final stretch!
It's been a month and a half since I last shared an update and much has happened:
• We've received all 150 glass diffusers from Nate Cotterman.
• We've received all 150 walnut bases from Shawn Hoven, our lathe vendor.
• All 450 brass arms (3 pieces per lamp) have been returned from our bender vendor (good band name).
• All 150 brass cups (what the glass diffuser sits in) and stems (the long or short post that connects the bulb from the base) have been machined to the appropriate sizes.
By most counts, things are moving quickly for a 2-person operation. Here's why we're only 90% ready as we approach the end of April:
• The brass arms that hold the Earth and Moon require precision soldering. Shawn, my project manager, and I have experienced several late nights due to the slow, manual attention that each soldered joint requires. Shawn machined a couple of great soldering jigs to move through this process as efficiently as possible given our budget -- but perpendicular doesn't mean 89º or 91º, it means 90º. It's absolutely wild to me how, in some ways, parts of this lamp are beginning to resemble fine jewelry.
• Packaging. With the amount of time and money we've poured into the design, materials, and machining of these lamps, it's vital that we take the time to engineer a packaging solution that will responsibly carry these lamps all the way from Los Angeles to Portugal, Japan, The Netherlands, Australia, and others.
So where do we stand now?
• All components for BLUE lamps are currently at the powder coater waiting their turn in the spray booth. These should be returned this coming week.
• Shawn is currently (as I type) finishing the #precisionsoldering for all BRASS lamps.
• After all the soldering work is complete and we've received the powder coated BLUE lamps we'll be doing final assembly and electrical.
At this point I anticipate lamps beginning to ship in the first couple weeks of May.
Before I share some fun process photos from the past 2 months, I wanted to thank everyone who backed a lamp for their continued patience as I hustle to get them built to the original specifications. This project began and will conclude as a labor of love; a love of the cosmos, a love of design, and a love of education. Thanks for your support ✌️