Our brains are conditioned to translate a sequence of long and short horizontals, properly aligned, as a set of stacked lumber waiting for use rather than a finished home furnishing. In this second item, though, the legs are a little bit of a giveaway.
Craig Hobden -> SCA Period Encampment: Pigskin lanterns. Pegged construction. Skin sewn on with waxed linen thread. Candle secured with an iron spike. Pure conjecture but made using Dark Age appropriate techniques and materials. They throw a beautiful soft amber light.