Monday, June 30, 2008


I've never been much for wagon wheel chandeliers, so when a good client of ours asked me if I would build him some for a ranch he was working on in MONTANA I couldn't turn him down, but I didn't want them to look like all the others on the market. I don't really care for just straight out cliches, but I do like to incorporate cliches into an overall design, (such as the star conchos on the rim of the wheels. Other than that I wanted the frame and the lanterns to be totally different than anyone had seen before. In this work in progress photo you can see the forged iron bar holding the different tiers together. The large round plates will hold tall hand blown glass cylinders topped by antiqued copper crowns, designed to seem like an old stacked barn roof. ( I will show these later.)
As I a designer I think that it's important to make things look pleasant from all angles. I hate houses that have their roofs puffed up in the front to make the structure look larger than it really is while the design in the back struggles to overcome the pompous front. I dislike architecture that leaves sidewalls blank except for a thousand square feet of rippling vinyl or a side entrance that looks like it belongs in a city alley. A lot of time and fore thought goes into a good design but it's always worth the trouble to create something just a little more extra ordinary. It's a little strange that we don't always know why we like or dislike something, often times it may be the smallest thing that turns our heads one way or the other and that in the end is what makes creating so exciting.
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Friday, June 27, 2008


This fixture was custom designed for the exterior of the HILTON HOTEL in JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING. Every part in the fixture is either custom made or altered to make the light. The glass was custom blown and the heavy steel slab back plate was designed to float over the stones.

copyright Steve Blood 2004

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Being a craftsman has a lot of advantages. Since we deal in the rustic it means that we spend a lot of time in the great outdoors to shoot photos, gather materials and formulate ideas. We have had a chance to see some marvelous things along the way such as this cow moose. Mary Lynn had taken the kayak out on Jackson Lake, (in TETON NATIONAL PARK) and I was off with a fishing pole to the SNAKE RIVER. I have learned that patience brings the best things to you and I was not disappointed. The cow was finishing a bath before I got the camera ready but I still got some good shots. She will probably end up in a marquetry design, I'm not sure yet.
copyright Steve Blood 2006
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008


THE OLD RANCHER is a marquetry pattern that my father, RUSSELL M. BLOOD bought from H.L. WILD in NEW YORK early in the twentieth century. H.L. WILD himself was a huge fan of the old west and a friend to BUFFALO BILL CODY. When father was working for MOLESWORTH he tried to convince him that his furniture would look better if he used marquetry as adornment as well as his carvings. MOLESWORTH was skeptical but told father that he would try it if he would produce an inlay on his own time with his own materials. Dad complied by doing a panel of THE OLD RANCHER. MOLESWORTH used the piece but decided that it took too long and was too expensive to produce. As far as I know this was the only pictorial marquetry that MOLESWORTH ever used. He did however, go on to use the pattern.

These panels were made by me for a client that wanted matching doors for a piece of burl furniture. I used woods pretty much to what Wild suggested on his original plans.


This 36 inch light fixture is representative of the fixtures in the project I discuss below in the next entry. These fixtures are great in family and game rooms, even over a breakfast area. Since we did this project we have made photo shades for several other projects, different subject matter and different shapes. We made shades as large as 1 1/2 foot by 10 feet tall for the WALKER GRILL in BILLING'S MONTANA.
copyright Steve Blood 2002


This was one of those projects that evolved from kind of complicated to intense hair pulling. Originally I was asked to design some rather large two tiered light fixtures using brown kraft paper. My question to the interior people was," have you thought about using historical photos on the top portion?" He thought it was a great idea, talked with the customer and the answer came back as a positive ,"yes."

My wife Mary Lynn, who is very talented herself, spent hundreds of hours researching and editing photos, creating dramatic collages of early Montana. The frames had to be perfect to match up with the printed material. Thousands of holes had to be hand drilled along the edges of the photo strips and then the photos were hand laced with leather thong to the frames. The largest fixtures are six feet in diameter.

I think that the look turned out spectacular thanks to the hard work of Mary Lynn.
copyright Steve Blood 2002

Thursday, June 19, 2008


This wall sconce was designed forTHE SNOW LODGE in YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. The silhouette is different than was used in the park but other than that they are identical.

copyright Steve Blood 1999.


This is a simple steel and glass wall sconce that gives up and down light as well as through the front. The antiqued leaves give it an elegant touch.
copyright Steve Blood 2001


I grew up with with twisted cedar lamp bases adorning our home in PENROSE, WYOMING, of course they were topped with hand cut wood lampshades. So I was always fascinated with the work. Then a friend of the family, HAL TAGGART, gave Dad a few pine burls, in turn he gave me a couple of them and I made my first burl lamp at 17 years old. I still have the lamp, it has a few dents in it but the patina of time is beautiful.

Needless to say I'm still fascinated with using burls in my work. For this particular piece I found the sandstone first and etched the moose trekking across the top. In going through my stack of burls I discovered the burl that is the front leg. It went perfectly with the irregular shaped stone. It was then that I knew this was destined to be a three legged table. Notice that I cope the burls where they connect giving it the appearance of it growing together.
copyright 2003 Steve Blood

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


This is a fret cut wood shade with hand made paper diffuser. The base has an inlaid buffalo in aspen crotch. The foot of the base has antique inlay banding.

The ceramic pitcher was thrown by BILL MERRILL, Bill was one of my college art instructors at NWCC. He now teaches in Port Angeles, Washington. He is an amazing talent. Since I'm talking about teachers I should also mention my high school art teacher in POWELL, WYOMING. His name is BILL McRANN, he fired the imagination and made you want to eat, sleep and dream art.
copyright Steve Blood 2001

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


This is a sample of a project that required a little more refinement than most rustic projects. The PINEHURST has a long history in the golf community and is considered many to be a five star establishment.

Monday, June 16, 2008


This pool table light fixture is approximately 15"W x 52"L x 32"H, it has four incandescent sockets. The fixture is made of steel with an antiqued finish and an art glass diffuser. It is inspected and labeled to meet code requirements. I have one customer that loves his so much that he keeps it lit all day as well as at night. There are other panel designs available. For more information just e-mail me at .
copyright Steve Blood 2003


SADDLEBACK INTERIORS in JACKSON HOLE, WYOMNG asked me to design custom light fixtures for a high end condo project at the SNOW KING RESORT in town latter to be named GRANDVIEW. The BUFFALO PROMANDE seemed to capture the interest of the client with its stylized buffalo racing around the center of the ring. In the end they chose not to use the candles but I find it to be more dramatic with them illuminatiing the top.

copyright Steve Blood 2000


In 2004 I was asked to design chandeliers and wall sconces for the grill at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. The original drawings were for a chandelier 6 feet wide and 7 feet tall. The customer decided to scale back the size but it still looks dramatic hanging from the high pitched rafters. Due to the size of the fixture I didn't want it to appear too heavy. This was accomplished by having an open frame work cross through the center of the fixture and having the light illuminate from the center as well as the bottom and the sides. The frame is made of hammered forged steel with solid brass cast pine cones gracing the corners.

copyright Steve Blood 2004

Friday, June 13, 2008


This is THE SNOW LODGE in YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK located in the northwest corner of WYOMING. It was designed by A&E ARCHITECTS in BILLINGS, MONTANA. The interior designer for the project was MITCH THOMPSON of THOMPSON INTERIORS also of BILLINGS. The major light fixture designer and fabricator was STEVE BLOOD at PENROSE.

The large copper lanterns under the portico are one of these fixtures.

copyright Steve Blood1998.


I wanted to create something sleek and slightly modern to go with the rustic mood of the rooms. This is what I came up with, a simple copper frame backed with mica. The antiqued brass rod arms and finials still gives it a rustic feel.

copyright Steve Blood 1997


A view down the lobby west wing of the SNOW LODGE.
copyright Steve Blood 1999


A Bear takes a snooze under the shade of a tree dreaming of the good life as the wild Yellowstone trout dance around him. These sconces create a lyrical charm gracing the columns in the dining room and the hallways of the lobby.

copyright Steve Blood 1998


The dining room at the SNOW LODGE in YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK showcases 6 foot chandeliers and complimentary wall sconces. The whimsical theme of park animals in pursuit of human activities such as fishing, hiking and skiing are cut in tree like copper cones. The chandeliers themselves have an undisciplined appearance of tree branches as the candelabras tip at slightly different angles.
copyright Steve Blood 1998

Thursday, June 12, 2008


This candelabra table lamp of copper and glass was produced as a limited edition. It was installed in the public areas and hallways of THE SNOW LODGE. The title of the fixture speaks to its content with vines turning into leaping trout, the over sized lark sitting on the evergreen and so on it goes.

There are a limited number of the fixtures yet to be produced in the edition.

copyright 1998 by Steve Blood


In the late 1900s' I was asked by A&E ARCHITECTS of BILLINGS, MONTANA if I would design a chandelier for a new lodge they were designing for YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK called the SNOW LODGE. Our lighting to this point consisited of fret cut lamp shades and rustic bases. I had never designed a chandelier before nor had I worked in steel and there were no promises made.

While I was designing the chandelier I was also designing the room lamps for THOMPSON INTERIORS also of BILLINGS. Things gt real hectic real fast for my small studio.

The chandelier was designed, approved and a sample was ordered. The architect nick named it the "western pagoda," I called it, HOLDING IT ALL TOGETHER. Several of these chandeliers hang among the heavy beams of the lodge lobby.

Other fixtures created for this project follow below.

copyright 1998 by Steve Blood

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


This is a 3 1/2 foot by 7 foot marquetry panel custom designed for a former owner of the COWBOY BAR in JACKSON WYOMING. The panel was hand cut with a scroll saw.
copyright 1982 Steve Blood


Standing almost 5 feet tall this chandelier will warm any room as the winter sun dwindles on the horizon.
copyright 1998 Steve Blood


This lamp was designed in the late 1990's for the guest rooms in the new SNOW LODGE in YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK at OLD FAITHFUL. The base is of inlaid maple and the shade is fret cut copper with mica diffuser and maple corners. I wanted to reflect the past while illustrating the romance of the park. The studio produced about 110 of these fixtures. Cutting the copper shade panels was a real challenge that left accomplished craftsmen throwing in the towel.
This is the first of sveral fixtures that were designed for the lodge, more fixtures will be posted later.
copyright 1998 Steve Blood