This sounds like it ought to be the name of a spy novel. I think I have got the “novel” part, but I am not going after the spy. The original conception of this project was to turn something to hold a hot pot of food. Would you use it for that now?
In the past couple of weeks, I have been imagining different designs to put on this, but they never stuck. When I drew the outer design, I liked what I was seeing. So out came the wood-burning set and I blackened the outline. Then I decided to put in the shading to create a 3-D effect. One of the nice things about working with Caragana, is its tendency to produce this rich, reddish-brown color when you heat it. The shading took only a light touch with the hot iron. When that was done, I saw the center design.
The finish is buffed beeswax. I used a heat gun to melt beeswax into the wood. I then buffed the surface on a buffing wheel mounted in the lathe. The wheel is made from circles cut out of old cotton T-shirts mounted on a piece of 1/2 inch all-thread.
Not bad for a bunch of limbs that were on their way to the landfill. How do you like the effects?