Custom Light for the Nisqually Indian Tribe

Custom Bath Light with Nisqually Indian Tribe Logo

Custom Logo Light – Nisqually Indian Tribe.

We are frequently asked to convert artwork into a light fixture. In this case, we were asked to take a simple logo of the Nisqually Indian Tribe and make a sample bathroom light fixture. The artwork is very intrinsic with many layers representing the importance of Mt Rainier, Salmon Fishing and Long Boats.

The Nisqually Tribe is located on the Nisqually River in rural Thurston County, 15 miles east of Olympia, Washington. The Nisqually people have lived in the watershed for thousands of years. According to legend, the Squalli-absch (ancestors of the modern Nisqually Indian Tribe), came north from the Great Basin, crossed the Cascade Mountain Range and erected their first village in a basin now known as Skate Creek, just outside the Nisqually River Watershed’s southern boundary. Later, a major village would be located near the Mashel River.

The Nisqually have always been a fishing people. The salmon has not only been the mainstay of their diet, but the foundation of their culture as well. The Nisqually Tribe is the prime steward of the Nisqually River fisheries resources, and operate two fish hatcheries: one on Clear Creek and one on Kalama Creek.

This Custom Nisqually Bath light is just one example of the talents of our company. Call us now if you have project or light you would like us to make for you. We would be happy to help.

Western Lights for Tod Mountain Lodge Resort

Tod Mountain Ranch is a dude ranch located in BC’s Southern Interior who placed our Western Lights in their cabins and guest rooms. The ranch can accommodate up to 16 guests in their new guest cabins, each with a private bathroom. Guests share a western style living, dining and games area in the guest lodge. An inclusive resort means you get three cowboy meals a day along with some great BC wines and Canadian beers.

Western Light for Nightstand in a western Lodge Tod Mountain Resort

Avalanche Ranch Lighting Table Lamp with the Horse Metal Artwork.

During the day, they conduct horseback riding tours on their 30,000 hectares ranch. A ranch that includes miles of mountain trails in the forest that surrounds the ranch. The ranch is home to deer and moose, among other creatures of the forest. Look up and you might see a bald eagle or hawk flying overhead. Sounds like the perfect place for some of our lamps, eh? You’ll find two of our handmade Western Lights adorning and lighting the lodge and cabins at Tod Mountain Ranch. Inside the cabins, our Cascade Horse Table Lamps sit on the night stands. In the Lodge, you’ll find our Rocky Mountain Table Lamps; one with Moose and the other with Deer. They selected these lamps because of the three-way lamping, the brightness of the light it provides and the powder coated finish.

Avalanche Ranch Lighting has a 20-year history of making rustic western and farmhouse style of lighting for the home, restaurants and lodges. We have lots of experience creating new lighting designs. We have the factory in the USA for a quick turnaround. The process is simple. We start with a hand sketch or verbal description. Or if you have an inspirational light, we can start with that. We would love to hear from you and share your vision via email or phone call.

A Soaring Eagle Light Fixture

Rustic Lighting with Eagle
Soaring Eagle Sconce

This past week, we worked on a custom light proposal for a hotel in the forests of Oregon.  They requested an Eagle soaring on one of our light fixtures.  Since we have a talented and artistic staff, we were able to create a drawing and convert it into a Eagle light, base on our popular Cascade Large sconce.  This is just one example of how a Made in USA lighting company can quickly design and make a unique lighting fixture.

You can buy it now – it’s part of our quickship lights: Cascade Soaring Eagle Wall Light

Bottom View of Ridgemont Oval Chandelier

Bottom View of Ridgemont Oval
I was asked today to
photograph an oval chandelier from the bottom.  Here is that picture.  This shows the bulb placment and the almond mica.  The bulbs are set to
about 15 watts, so that the picture could be taken.  But you can put it up to 60
watt bulbs (times 8 bulbs, that's 480 Watts).  The two reflector bulbs in the
center are R20s.  While I was at it, I measured the Lumens output, by turning on the bulbs full
blast and took a measurement at 3 feet.  It was 25 foot candles.  I did not
measure the Lumen output from the top, but that would no doubt be higher, due to
no obstructions blocking the light output.  25 foot candles is excellent, BTW.
Rustic Oval Chandelier
The Ridgemont Oval Chandelier is one of most popular lights because of its shape.  

Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine TX and rustic lodge light fixtures

Grapevine, TX

Anyone with children will agree that the Great Wolf Lodge is a fabulous place to spend time together.  And with our children, it is also their greatest source of pride when it comes to the tour of rustic lights and Avalanche Ranch Lighting’s hospitality customers.  Cat’s meow to have our lodge style lights–hundreds of them–light up the guest rooms and spaces of Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX.

For anyone not familiar with this chain of lodges, Great Wolf Lodge offers a huge indoor water park, interactive games and a cabin themed guest suite experience.  These themed hotels are located in 10 US cities along with Niagara Falls, Canada.  The Great Wolf Lodge website offers deals for upcoming months, so check it out for a fun Fall getaway with your family.

As far as lodge style lights are concerned, the Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine location features many styles of our rustic sconces, chandeliers, semi-flush and close to ceiling lights.  We did some customization by converting everything to compact florescent and 277 volts.  Here are a couple of the lights you’ll see a lot of in your visit.

Ridgewood Ceiling Glass, Mtn/Spruce
made by Avalanche Ranch Lighting


Avalanche Ranch Lighting’s Sitka Semi-Flush Bear


Sea Ranch Resort in Cannon Beach, OR and Avalanche Ranch Lighting’s Cabin Lights

Sea Ranch Resort is located along the north Oregon coast – a splendid blend of ocean, forest and mountains.  This area Sea Ranch RV in Cannon Beach Oregonhas long been a popular destination point for vacationers. Cannon Beach, just 70 miles from Portland and 30 miles south of Washington State and the mouth of the great Columbia River, is a prized jewel among Oregon’s coastal resort communities. It is nestled between the Coast Mountain Range and Pacific Ocean along miles of flat, sandy beaches and forested headlands that jut into the sea.

Offering camping and RV sites, along with cabins, this peaceful wooded setting is one of Oregon Coast’s best kept secrets.  In addition to the Stables which offer guided rides for the entire family, Sea Ranch Resort has a wellness center, a store/laundry and an event Lodge.  A few years back they turned to Avalanche Ranch Lighting to light up these spaces.  Here is just a small offering of the cabin lighting that you’ll find at Sea Ranch Lodge.

Ridgewood Close to Ceiling, Mountain


Teton Hex Chandelier Small Mountain Horse


Cascade Lantern Small, Spruce

Western Elegance with the Ridgecrest Sconce at the Best Western Sheridan Hotel

The BEST WESTERN Sheridan Center Hotel is located at the base of the astonishing Big Horn Mountain Range in historic downtown Sheridan. This hotel offers 139 newly renovated spacious rooms in western elegance.  And to get this feel in the conference center they specified Avalanche Ranch Lighting’s Ridgecrest Sconces and Ridgemont Chandeliers.

Best Western Sheridan Center and Ridgemont Sconces and Chandeliers


Ridgemont Chandelier

Western elegance can mean many things.  In this case the simple design of the Ridgemont Series,  the rustic, hand finished metal and the rough cut edge are hallmark features which distinguish these lights as western style.  Elegant comes in the absence of western imagery. These are not the average cowboy lights you might find in this neck of the woods.
Visit here for more information on Sheridan WY and it’s famous rodeo.

Avalanche Ranch Lighting’s Ridgemont Chandelier



River Run at Wild Basin and our Rustic Spruce light fixture designs

This lovely Colorado vacation rental near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park hosts 13 of our rustic lighting products, most of them with the spruce design.

Here’s what the listing for this vacation property says about its location: The setting of this incredible, secluded mountain home is Wild Basin with a mosaic of lakes, streams, waterfalls, wetlands and a plethora of other water topographical features. The best hiking in the park is literally right outside the cabin. The St. Vrain River borders the property – guests can fish free.

This vacation home boasts 5 bedrooms (3 of them suites), a bunk room and a grandma room (gotta love that) on the main floor.  A wraparound porch and hot tub make this home complete with the amenities for a great vacation.  I want to book a week!

The home has been appointed with Avalanche Ranch Lighting in the kitchen (Canyon Mtn Spruce Pendants), Family Room (Diablo Sconces), Dining Room (Ridgewood Ceiling Lights) as well as Bathroom Lights (Wasatch design) and a Double Bar Light.  This is rustic mountain design at its best.

To view property information, click here.


Wasatch Triple Bath


Canyon Pendant
Ridgewood Close to Ceiling Light

Starfish Bath Lights and Pacific Beach, Oregon

The Starfish Vanity Light (custom backplate) created by Avalanche Ranch Lighting for the Inn at Cape Kiwanda


A few years back, the owners of the Inn at Cape Kiwanda renovated all the bathrooms in the inn–where every room has a view!–to include the Avalanche Ranch Lighting Starfish Vanity Light.   The combination of the cobalt blue vanity and the rust patina of the light is fantastic.  Also scattered throughout this 35 room inn in the delightful seaside down of Pacific City OR are  Starfish Reflection Sconces, shown here next to the grand fireplace in the lobby–which looks out onto Haystack Rock.  Avalanche Ranch Lighting prides itself on the ability to customize almost any light with a specific design motif–in this case the starfish.

Consistently rated at one of the best beaches to vacation with your dog(s), we found the big dune and the Pelican Inn and the lovely Inn at Cape Kiwanda reason enough to want to return to this gem sans pets.  Just waiting for the perpetual rains to end…



Looking out onto Haystack Rock from the Inn at Cape Kiwanda


View more Starfish Lights here


to Orcas Island and the Travelin’ Trout Sconce

Avalanche Ranch Lights in the Marine
Center at Camp Orkila

Our first stop on the tour of rustic lights across America takes us to the San Juan Island of Orcas.  Just a ferry ride away from Anacortes, WA, Orcas Island is home to the YMCA Camp Orkila.  We visited Camp Orkila a few years back for Family Camp and had a blast–also good fun to find our lights in the Marine Center.  I recommend attending Family Camp to introduce elementary age children to the idea of sleep-over camp and all the joys of the camp experience, especially the nightly campfires which included skits and songs.  In our case, fond memories of Grandpa Charlie playing his guitar.

A school of salmon
Sunset from Camp Orkila
Grandpa Charlie entertains.

The Travelin’ Trout Sconce is one of Avalanche Ranch Lightings original designs.  It is handcrafted and handpainted and looks great on these knotty pine walls.  We supplied the camp with the individual metal salmon cutouts for the assemblage of fish on the wall.  Also in the Marine Center is a Salmon Crestline Chandelier, shown below. 

Travelin’ Trout Sconce

Crestline Salmon Chandelier