How to remove a Natalie Wood lamp and file cabinet from your home
When Natalie Wood bought her first lamp in the early 1960s, she didn’t know it would be a centerpiece in her living room.
Wood had never heard of a lamp that used a wood file cabinet.
But her fascination with the light was only growing.
“I was always fascinated by wood,” Wood says.
As she got older, Wood became a prolific woodworker and learned how to carve, craft and cut wooden objects using a hand-held machine.
Then in the mid-1980s, Wood began to experience a recurring problem with her lamp: It was too hot.
The lamp’s heating element was clogged, and Wood was forced to use a heated glass plate to cool it down.
And after the heat was gone, the lamp’s battery needed replacing.
She was left with only a piece of metal that would not cool down.
“It was just a very difficult and expensive thing to replace,” Wood recalls.
When Wood’s battery died in the summer of 2001, the next step was to take the lamp apart and install a new battery.
By then, Wood had already purchased a second lamp that would power her second electric light bulb.
Now, Wood has two lamps in her home, one of which has been retired for more than a decade.
With both of her lamps, Wood is a regular fixture at her local park.
In 2008, Wood bought a small office tower from a local real estate developer, who was looking to sell it.
Instead of buying a tower for the money, Wood and her husband bought a large office tower that was about the same size as her current one.
Their tower now doubles as a work area for her two electric light bulbs, which are now mounted on a metal case.
Even though she’s retired, Wood says she still enjoys working in her office.
“You always look out the window, you can see all the trees that are there,” Wood said.
“You can see the sun and the sky and all that.”
Wood has been a full-time caregiver for the past eight years, and she now lives with her husband, who has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair.
Although Wood is happy with her new workspace, she is frustrated by the lack of a second electric lamp.
Since Wood’s first lamp was sold, she’s also had to buy new batteries for her second lamp, which is now two years old.
At first, Wood was hesitant to give up the lamp, but now she is determined to continue to use the lamp.
“I’ve always loved my lamps,” Wood admits.
“But when I first got the new lamp, I thought I’d give it to my daughter.
But she’s such a sweetheart, she loves it and has a big smile on her face when she sees it.”
“But when it was all gone, I had to move it, and I’ve never looked back.”
Despite her frustration, Wood hopes the lamp will one day be returned to its original state and used again.
What to do if your electric light unit is clogged: If your electric lamp has a clogged plug, you should check with your electric service provider and ask them to get a new plug for your lamp.