Cactus Cabin Lamp

Michael Ely
Submitted by Michael Ely August 7th, 2010
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This rustic little cactus cabin lamp was made here in Arizona (sometime during the 1950’s or 1960’s). The cabin itself is made from the dried skeleton wood of the cholla cactus, the chimney is made of polished rocks, and the base and railing are made from pine wood. A low-watt light bulb is attached inside the cabin and when the light is turned on, a warm glow comes thru the canvas covered door and windows, while the bottle brush pine trees add a touch of the Rocky Mountains. I have seen several of these type lamps over the years and they never included the little cowboy and cowgirl (which look like little cake decorations to me), so I think a previous owner added them, but I can’t be 100% sure.

One Response to “Cactus Cabin Lamp”

  1. Allee Willis

    Allee Willis

    Gorgeous! It reminds me of a little corncob cabin I made as a model of one section of the social network I started designing in 1992 (https://www.alleewillis.com/willisville/index.htm). The cabin was called Beatrice’s Bug Museum and was where users would go when they hit technology snags.

    I like this cabin because it looks like it’s made out of moldy Swiss cheese. I love this kind of dried cactus. Perfect that the chimney is organic, rock. And I always love when things light up.

    Cowboy and cowgirl are a nice touch. Even if added later and were cake decorations they weren’t common ones. And they look so happy in front of their big cabin.