|Custom driftwood lamp made by Virginia artist Norris Padgett.|
Norris Padgett’s inspiration for his driftwood and other coastal creations typically begins while beach-combing after a storm on his waterfront property located on the York River near historic Yorktown, Virginia. He enjoys his private time walking along the riverfront searching and collecting everything from seashells to large pieces of driftwood that have washed ashore and left behind as the storm surge declines. Then his artistic eye takes over and the sculptured creation begins. Great pieces of tree stumps and other segments of driftwood are inspected and brought back to his workshop where he carefully cuts and shapes them into abstract sculptured forms. Finishes are applied and the lamps are assembled- some with the addition of nesting shore bird decoys, shells and other beach finds perched on small flats or inside of crevices in the wood. According to Norris, even the wood bases are made from beach-combed pieces of thick pine, possibly once a tread from an old dock or other structure destroyed during past inclement weather.