Of Dragons and Darning Needles


Material and Technique
Big Leaf Maple Root Burl
Lathe Turned, Carved, Pigment
16 1/2” H x 1 1/2”D

About The Work
To me the dragonfly symbolizes enlightenment. And speaking of enlightenment, as I was discussing a similar piece of work with a collector friend, he referred to these creatures as “darning needles.” I had never heard of that. I have since discovered the term to be primarily of East Coast and Deep South usage, and further that it most likely originated in Northern Europe as “The Devil’s Darning Needle.” A creature that would sew shut the mouths of children who spoke out of turn. I will speak no more of this.

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