Jet­star en­gi­neer crafts home­made lamp­shades

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - HUGH COLLINS

An air­craft en­gi­neer is sub­con­sciously in­cor­po­rat­ing avi­a­tion aes­thet­ics into his hand­made lamp­shades.

Jet­star air­craft en­gi­neer David Sier started a side busi­ness craft­ing lamp­shades from a work­shop in his Hills­bor­ough fam­ily home at the start of last year.

The in­spi­ra­tion orig­i­nally came to him around five years ago when vis­it­ing an up­mar­ket home decor store.

Look­ing at ex­pen­sive lamp­shades he thought they didn’t look par­tic­u­larly well made and de­cided he could do a bet­ter job.

‘‘I thought ‘wow, that’s a lot of money for some­thing, if you stand rea­son­ably close to it you can see the faults’,’’ Sier said.

The fa­ther-of-two’s lamp­shades have a dis­tinc­tive look with wooden splines, al­though he never had a par­tic­u­lar de­sign in mind. ‘‘I’ve been asked the ques­tion a num­ber of times, ‘where does your in­spi­ra­tion come from’, and it just seems to pop into my head.’’

Peo­ple have told him some of his de­signs re­sem­ble air­craft jet en­gines, he said. ‘‘Maybe be­cause I’ve been around these ma­chines for so damn long.’’ When he made up lamp draw­ings he did not think it looked like an aero­plane.

‘‘It’s the old sub­con­scious at work there maybe.’’ The lamp­shades range in price from $700 to $1050.

HUGH COLLINS/FAIR­FAX NZ

David Sier with some of his hand­crafted lamp­shades in his Hills­bor­ough home work­shop.

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