If you ask people what they like about timber, and products made from wood, there are a number of adjectives that will be common: the warmth, the texture, the feeling that the item is real – it has density, weight, a solidness.
So it is also quite disturbing that something so seemingly solid can become translucent when it becomes thin. This characteristic has been used to great effect by designers and woodworkers over the years – even I have a few times (although not always deliberately!)
However, it can be used in stunning ways too:
These lamps are called “Wise One Pendants” from Mammalampa.
Then there is the so called “Crack Bowl Pendant Lamps” by Kwon Jae Min. You could misinterpret the title, until seeing them in person of course!
These are not thin enough for translucency, but the features and cracks allow the light to bleed, adding to the beauty.
Amazing work by some incredibly clever and imaginative designers.