|Lamp with wood wick trimmer. The wick|
trimmer is important to tend to the flame and
spread the wick evenly along the edge of the
|Burning lamp with a lamp stand. This|
is the back view of the lamp. The
person tending the flame would sit on
the opposite side.
The bottom is flat, so it will sit level on a flat surface, but lamps would usually be elevated on a lamp stand. The simplest stand would be three rocks at one end of the sleeping platform. An elevated lamp will radiate heat for long after the flame has gone out. The lamp burns oil, which would have usually been seal fat and the wicks would be arctic cotton or dry moss. In this instance I'm using canola oil and cotton balls. For filming, I'll suggest adding some floating chunks of fat in the oil. The cotton forms a continous wick that burns along the top of the long straight edge and trails down into the oil. I experimented a bit with the lamp last night to see how much tending it would need. A wick that is soaked in oil, but isolated from the oil reservoir will burn on it's own for about 15-30 minutes. If the wick is connected to the oil, it will burn continuously as long as the oil is replenished.
|Top view. I left some tool marks inside the lamp to emphasize that this is a functional lamp, not an art piece.|
|The underside has a more polished surface. I wanted it to look like it spent as much of it's life tied to a sled as it did sitting lit on a stand.|