What began as a way to cut costs in a middle school woodworking shop class turned into a profitable hobby for Michael Tari, entrepreneur and artisan behind Log Lamps, a woodworking company that will appear in the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival.
“I taught in Sodus and we were short on funding during the 70’s, so I had the kids bring in fire wood which I taught them how to turn on the lathe to create wooden lamp bases. One seventh grader’s parents were getting divorced and his father took the lamp. Then the Grandmother took it from the father. Next thing you know, they’re in court over the lamp. I thought, ‘If they’re going to court over one of these lamps, there must be a business in this!’ ” laughed Michael.
Today, in addition to the log lamps which all have 3-way outlets, he also creates beautiful waterproof bowls that need no care for life. He fashions these items out of standard woods as well as exotics such as plum, cherry, apricot, red oak and birds eye red oak.
Michael sells his products primarily at festivals throughout New York State and can proudly claim having won “Best in Category” at the Naples Grape Festival in 2008.
The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival looks forward to welcoming Michael Tari and Log Lamps to the show.