The timber used for this lamp has an interesting history. It comes from the totara tree which is very tricky source as it’s no longer being logged. That’s good news for this native as there are not many adult trees left.
I was lucky enough to find a pile of large beams buried away in a reclamation yard in Christchurch. Having snapped them up I did some research and it turned out that the beams spent most of their life as a church roof. Unfortunately, due to the devastation of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, the church had to be pulled down. It is a sad tale but I’m happy to be giving the timber a revived purpose in life and I hope that in its new home it will be appreciated for many more years to come.