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Ready for the Mermaids

April 27, 2015

mermaid 1

Before I can get into the mermaid theme of this wheel I have to build the basic structure.  This is always fun as the beautiful wood itself brings me a lot of joy. The frame of this wheel is walnut.  I bought it rough and had to plane it to reveal the beauty hidden  beneath the surface. Then when it is cut to shape and sanded I can hardly wait to put on the first coat of varnish as it brings out the richness and glow of the wood. The treadles are figured western  maple which will go well with the cherry base and the big wheels soon to come. The glass in the frame was requested by the spinner. This is the perfect glass to play against the wood and to give the ripply feel of water.

mermaid 2

Here is closer view of my sketchbook.  So far I haven’t deviated much from the plan, which is a good thing.  Today it’s time to glue up and then turn the big wheels in readiness for the mermaids’ arrival.  Could get exciting!

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