We are currently prototyping a number of new lights that, like our Mycologic Light, use LED’s as a light source. About once a month or so we make a trip up Main Street to Lee’s Electronics for parts and occassionally, advice. Lee’s staff are super friendly and knowledgable and always willing to help solve problems. This is the go-to shop for local artists and designers in need of electronic components.  

The shop’s walls are lined with tens of thousands small parts, each bagged in plastic, tagged with a code like a can of soup in an old grocery store and hung on a hook with a hand-written card that tells it’s story. I like the tightly organized chaos of this store, the analogue inventory system and the endless possibilities on offer for making new things.

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Last week I spent the better part of my days in the wood-shop building a Mycologic light for a client’s home here in Vancouver. This light involves a good deal of intricate wood work which makes it challenging and satisfying to build. Black walnut is, for certain, my favourite wood to work with. Walnut is hard yet yields beautifully to sharp tools. It makes the shop smell so good, particularly when it’s scent mixes with the linseed oil and beeswax that we use to finish the wood.

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