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Custom Wood and Stained Glass Lamps

SML Studio lamps are one of a kind pieces that combine fine joinery methods, shaping, carving, and stained glass. Every individual lamp pursues its own style of lighting, from full lustrous lamps, sweetly colored mood lighting, to soft comfort lamps. Explore the lamps below to see what the studio has been creating lately.

Floral Windows in Red

This lamp is intended as a wall mounted fixture, and has a cleat built into the back of the case that joins with an opposite cleat mounted easily on any wall. Floral Windows in Red has opalescent red, pink and white glass that provide a full warm and soft lighting for any space on its highest setting, or a subtle glow when set dim. Features a three brightness level touch sensor that is recessed into the cherry frame. 


Black Cherry, stained glass, E11 light sockets, 40W equivalent LED bulbs, 3 way touch sensor

Dimensions: 15L x 6H x 3.5D


Fully hand carved base and was created without the use of a lathe. Easy elegant light that fills a room with warmly soft hues of subtle pink and green.

Materials: Sugar maple, G8 lightbulb, finished with shellac and wax

Dimensions: 15H x 7W (shade width) x 5D

Sugar maple is a tree that lives all over the world. It is well known as the source of maple sugar and syrup. The wood harvested from sugar maple is also known as hard maple for its high density, and depending on how the tree is milled the lumber can feature enormous variety in grain figure and color tones. Sugar maple is also a staple species of wood used by luthiers for hundreds of years. 


The Carousel Lamp provides full lustrous light and is made up of around 350 individual pieces of glass, all of them uniquely made and shaped by hand. The glass lamp shade rotates around the base freely so the pictures can be adjusted easily at any time. The base features a relief carving that wraps around to the back of the lamp, 

-2023- SOLD

Materials: Sugar Maple, stained glass, e11 light socket (LED)

Dimensions: 12.5H x 8.5W x8.5D

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This lamp is wired so that each color can be controlled separately. Produces warm light with white, red and pink hues. The white glass underneath each glass cube makes this lamp quite luminous and makes an excellent reading lamp while also setting a low-key mood.



Red oak, red and white stained glass, joined with copper foil technique; three G8 sockets with 20W LED bulbs, two brass toggle switches.


15H x 7W x 5D


The carvings are a celebration of air, wind, sunlight, and how they affect growth of the natural world around us. The Passage lamp is all wood, its construction appears more simple than it actually is.


While Chicago and midwest forests are populated by sugar, red, silver, and norway maple trees, the Pacific Northwest has bigleaf maple, which is the largest species of maple in the world. Bigleaf maple is classified as a "soft maple," and its lower density makes for an excellent carving wood. 

Materials: Bigleaf maple, G8 light socket


11H x 4.5W x 3.75D

Fraxinus et Solis

Green ash leaf, stained and clear glass, walnut frame, pine base, e11 socket. The frame is all wood joinery and the joints are not fixed (glued), so the frame comes apart and the leaf can be replaced if ever desired.

-2022- SOLD

Ash is a common parkway tree in Chicago. At one point Green and white ash trees accounted for around 20% of our urban forest. Due to the emerald ash borer the population has dwindled, and the city of Chicago no longer plants ash trees. This lamp exists as a memorial to these ash trees, and hope that our current methods to protect the existing ash trees will protect the living population into the future.

Equinox Lamp

Stained glass, quarter sawn, carved white oak base, e11 light socket. The Equinox Lamp casts warm light through its sunny orange and yellow glass. Perfect for complimentary lighting in a living room, or a reading lamp to relax by. Provides a beautiful feeling of warmth.


The white oak family is widespread with various species throughout the world. The Chicago urban forest has a diverse population of white oaks, including swamp white oak, bur oak, shingle oak, and chinquapin oak. 

Fern Lamp

Stained glass, raw maple base, polycarbonate planter. The planter has drainage and is removable for watering.  -2020- SOLD

The fern lamp began as a simple idea, could a plant live inside the same structure as a light fixture and thrive. A homage to the importance of our house plants and gifts they provide our homes.

Honey Lamp

The honey lamp produces a full light with a warm yellow glow. The glass shade and wooden base join together freely and the lightbulb can be accessed easily. The wire leading to the socket runs down inside a channel grooved into the base.


Materials: Opalescent yellow and white stained glass, wood joined sugar maple base, E17 light socket, LED only.

Fraxinus II

Green ash leaf, ash base, walnut frame, stained glass structure, e11 light socket. The second version of an ash leaf lamp, the bulb housed inside the ash base, shines both through the stained glass structure and above the create a subtle glow around the ash leaf. Cozy and beautiful. 


Two Moons

Stained glass, maple base, e12 (candelabra) socket. Inspired by a dream, this lamp produces a warm glow from the glass sculpture on top, while casting a subtle red glow from below the base. 


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Red maple leaf, sapele frame, birdseye maple background, pine base, e11 socket.  As with all of the leaf frames the frame's joinery is not glued so the leaf can be replaced. 

-2022- SOLD

Red maple is one of the most outstanding trees to witness in both the Fall and Spring. It's Autumn foliage and Spring flowers have a bright red color that jump out in any environment. A common parkway tree in Chicago, this particular red maple leaf shows the early Autumn transition from green to bright red.

Shedua Nightlight

Shedua, ebony, stained glass, e11 light socket. This lamp creates a mystifying glow from above and below the base. Casts subtle red's, oranges and purples, perfect light for relaxation and sleeping. -2022-

Shedua, also known as ovangkol, is a tropical tree native to Western Africa. Shedua is in the fabaceae family of plants, or the legume family that are distinctive for their hanging seed pods. Shedua has a few Chicago relatives including highly populated parkway trees: black locust, honey locust, and Kentucky coffee tree. 


Bigleaf maple base, stained glass, G8 light socket. Yellow/Blue casts both  wonderful accompanying light, and is perfect as a relaxing nightlight. The head of the lamp can be reversed, to change the orientation of the yellow and blue glass on opposing sides. 


Three Sunrises

Stained glass, black locust base, e12 (candelabra) light socket. This lamp was a tribute to a nest of 3 newborn peregrine falcons located at the building complex where SML Studio is located.


Black locust is considered a highly invasive species in North America. In Chicago, those who visit streets lined with black locust in early Spring are treated to a grand sight of their white blossoming flowers hanging with their new foliage. Black locust is not a popular furniture wood, it's yellow green tint and high density are likely what make it less desirable for most makers. However as foresters attempt to replace these invasive trees, the lumber they yield is beautiful and highly useful.

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