Styles of Wood-Turned Lamps

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Styles of Wood-Turned Lamps
This lamp has wood turned into varying circle sizes. (Lampe décorative image by Paul Laroque from

Lamps are not only used a light source; they can also be used simply for display purposes only. The shape/style, type of wood used, manufacturer of the lamp and other factors can be used to determine which type of wood lamp is best for your home or business.

Wood Jug

This wood-turned style approximates the look of a wine jug; there is typically a circular and extended flat base leading into a thin neck that curves at the top. The lighting portion of the lamp is attached to the top of the base; it can either have its electrical cord stretch out of the top or be hidden inside the jug. Different types of wood, such as cherry and white oak, can be combined to achieve a specified look throughout the jug's frame. The jug can be sanded and given a finishing stain coat for smoothness. The jug's lampshade can be attached to the electrical switch top to keep your wooden portion visible, or it can be longer to conceal all or part of the wood.

Long Arm

This wood-turned style typically features a small, rounded wooden base with a slight circular indentation above to connect the base to the long arm. The long arm itself can be shaped with various types of wood, from red oak to walnut, and carved into varying design styles, such as alternating circular and bell shapes. These lamps can be easily transported around your business or home, depending upon the density of the wood they were made out of, thanks to the long arm.


Another wood-turned style is the grooved look for a lamp. These grooves can made with a wood lathe tool, which shapes the curves into different lengths. One possible appearance is a circular base with ascending shaped lengths that reach their longest points in the middle before ending up in smaller circles towards the top. These lamps can be made into easily transportable sizes for usage around your business or home. They can also be designed for display purposes only, in much larger sizes.

Other Custom Shapes

There are other ways to design a wood-turned lamp, such as using a square base with a circular arm length. And with the types of wood available for carving and usage, including cherry, walnut and oak, and the shape designs at your disposal, getting a certified professional to turn wood into a lamp shape of your desire is attainable. You can also search the Internet or furniture stores that sell lamps to see the current designs others have conceived and created to find the one that best fits you.

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