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My Chainsaw Lighthouse

By Jerry Shafar


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A number of years ago I helped a neighbor repair some outdoor electrical receptacles so he could utilize them for his Christmas decorations. Being a chainsaw carving artist, he returned the favor with this carving of a lighthouse. I scrounged up an old junked landscape light that no longer worked, and I re-designed it to mount on top of the carving as a lantern, then painted it gray to match it. I then purchased a cheap boat light and removed the red and green lens and placed it inside the lantern. After re-wiring the lantern to operate on 110 volts, I ran some underground wire and mounted an outdoor power receptacle to plug it into. Lastly, I installed a photo-cell switch so it automatically turns on when the sun goes down, and turns off when the sun comes up. To help ward off any potential thieves, I drove an eight foot piece of re-rod into the ground and securely fastened a piece of high-test stranded cable to that and the lighthouse. The 40-watt LED bulb shining through the unique glass lens casts a warm pattern when it is foggy, rainy, or snowy. I have it proudly displayed in front of my house where it has withstood the elements very nicely for the past three years. I still get a lot of comments about it.

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