Despite the hundred degree weather (and no air conditioning) I pushed forward and have now completed burning patterns on every piece except the wheel. I am really happy with how it is turning out. I have had several folks ask me "but why snakes?" or just plain tell me that they don't like snakes or find snakes unpleasant. The snake motif is being used because: a.) snakes are easy to draw, b.) snakes are unexpected, c.) snakes don't look really odd in colors such as blue or purple, and d.) I rather like snakes. Just remember, if there were no snakes we would be up to our asses in mice.