I discovered that vegetable oil burns like candle wax back in 1995. It was a seminal moment. I'd enjoyed candles since high school - they are to me sort of a cross between a campfire and a pet, as well as the focus of my meditation space. I wondered why I couldn't find a modern consumer-grade vegetable oil-burning oil lamp, even while (foul-smelling) kerosene lamps are easily found.
So I set out to make and sell my own vegetable oil-burning camping lantern design. I thought it would take two years at the outside. Hah! How the gods must laugh.
Around the same time the Internet arrived and stoked my imagination to a white heat. I remember remarking to a computer professional friend back then that someday I'd be able to build a "business in a box", a computer that sits in the corner busy 24/7 making sales, shipping product, and banking the proceeds automatically.
Sheer persistance has born fruit. The two dreams have merged into one reality at Shapeways.com - except I don't even need my own box.
The advent of 3D printing technology made possible production of lamp designs that had previously proved impractical. Last year I completed a major step toward that camping lantern. It is a metaphysical sculpture embodied by a working oil lamp. I call it "Phi" after the Greek name for the Golden Ratio, and I worked in elements of Aladdin's lamp. "Phi" is a working 3D symbol affirming the ascendance of the common man toward "the highest good of all concerned".
Having learned 3D modeling (with Blender 3D modeling software), I expanded the portfolio to include novel lamp accessories, jewelry, desk toys, and more. Please look forward to a series of new offerings in 2017.
The common theme seems to be "deep inner meaning". I explore metaphysical ideas with 3D modeling. Shapeways makes my dreams come true, and lets me share them with you. Thank you for coming.
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