Vintage Tripod Lamp

In honor of Father’s Day coming up on June 16th, this is the first of three posts in honor of the three most important father’s in my life. First up, my Grandpa Al.

My grandpa was an avid photographer. Not only in his free time, but as his job. After World War II and a stint in the Merchant Marines, he joined the Navy and worked his way up to becoming a photographer. Here he is, hard at work on board the USS Hancock CV/CVA-19.

He was a wonderful grandfather, father and husband. He had a gentle loving spirit and I miss him. :) We shared a love for photography, and when my Dad gave me his old tripod, I knew I needed to take special care in what I did with it. It is such a beautiful tripod (if there is such a thing)…solid chrome, and impeccably cared for. I would consider using it as an actual tripod, however it is heavy!! There is no way I would lug it around. I’m not sure how he did it.

I will think of him every time I see this lamp, and revel in his creativity when it shines light on what I’m making. So in honor of my Grandpa, I felt that the (above) quote by Ansel Adams was the perfect sentiment regarding the art of photography, as well as being a maker. So if you’re looking down Grandpa, I hope you enjoy my creation.





Step 1:

Find a friend who is an engineer (or handy.)

I thought this would be a fairly easy project, but what I thought would be a simple “unscrew the plate and attach the lamp kit” I realized that this screw was not easily removable, and the top portion needed to be taken apart, and a hole needed to be drilled to attach the lamp kit securely. Yikes. I mentioned it to my friend GT, and he had some ideas of how to accomplish it. He seriously gets all the credit for this DIY, because I literally couldn’t have done it without him. THANKS GT!!! :)


Step 2:

Once the threaded nipple was screwed into the tripod, you attach the socket cap. From there I threaded the lamp cord through the hole and attached each end to the terminals. Last step, place the socket shall over the top and made sure it was firmly set inside the socket cap.


Step 3:

Placed the wire cage over the socket shall and tightened in place.


Step 4:

Last step, screw in a new lightbulb and hope that when you plug it in…it turns on. :)