Did you know dragonflies live on every continent except Antarctica? There are about 3,012 species of dragonflies, and these are classified into 348 genera in 11 families. Many adult dragonflies have brilliant iridescent or metallic colors produced by structural coloration, making them conspicuous in flight. Their overall coloration is often a combination of yellow, red, brown, and black pigments, with structural colors. The blue in these dragonfly deskorations is typically created by microstructures in the cuticle that reflect blue light...pretty cool huh?!
The wood is 4" square and 1/4" thick walnut, carefully cut by hand on a scroll saw. It's finished with 3 coats of a water-based polyurethane for water resistance, and backed with 1/8" thick cork hand painted to show off the design - these deskorations can double as coasters! Walnut wood grain varies a lot from board to board, so each deskoration is unique.
LIMITED EDITION! I have a few dragonflies cut from lacewood, a gorgeous tropical South American wood. Ready for some wood nerdiness? When lacewood is quartersawn (which it almost always is when you come across it), you can see that it has perhaps the largest, most conspicuous rays of any wood species, and the quartersaw process brings out the dramatic ray fleck on the surface of the boards. Lacewood has a fairly coarse and uneven texture due to the difference in densities between the regular wood tissue and the rays. The grain is usually straight, and the wood is pretty dense, making it a bit of a challenge to scroll. But oh it's worth it...look at those photos!! It's more expensive so we may not carry it regularly, so get one while you can!
Be sure to get a deskoration stand to display your Dragonfly on your desk or mantel - you can find the stands here: https://centuryartisans.com/products/deskoration-stands