This week, I shared how to hang a giant map with an easy dowel & binder clip DIY project anyone can do. I also asked you for some advice to help improve my living room decor, and this lamp was in the pictures I shared. Many house guests ask me about this lamp, so I thought I’d share its story.
Yes, it’s a real clarinet. Silver clarinets used to be common, and this one belonged to my great-grandma on my mom’s dad’s side. This was the high school band instrument of three generations in our family. I was very into music in high school, and even majored in oboe for a year in college.
I ended up inheriting a lot of band and other instruments over the years, including this clarinet. Since I’m not a clarinetist, I didn’t really need this for playing, but my oboe teacher had a really cool oboe-turned lamp in her house that I always admired. My late grandpa converted this into a lamp for me for Christmas one year, and it’s been a fixture in my house ever since.
Do you know where I can get an oboe lamp? I would like to buy one for my son.
Hi Ilene! Sorry, I don’t – my grandpa made me this out of my Great-Grandma’s clarinet. I was an oboist, and my teacher in high school had her dad make her an oboe lamp out of a thrift store find. Maybe check Etsy? Best of luck!