Return of the Arachnid

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?

Caragana Wall Hanging

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.

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?

Ellis Hein

About Ellis Hein

I am a woodturner and the author of The Woodturner's Project Book. I have a life-long interest in the gospel preached by George Fox and the early Quakers. You can see some of my material on that subject at
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