My husband and I put this lamp together according to the designer's instructions. We noticed some naturally-occuring knots near to bottom of the wood base but thought they added some natural beauty to the modern design. After about a month the wood in the top cracked due to the heaviness of the lamp itself, and the lamp housing/shade fell out of the base at the top. Unique design but short-lived. Do not recommend.
By:Emma , Homeowner (Miami, FL)