Tonight I finished the wood burning phase. All pieces are now covered with vines and snakes, even the tension knob! It has been stinkin' hot this week, so when I look back on this project, I'll remember hours of sweating over a hot wood-burning tool.
Tonight the week of 100 degree temps climaxed in a magnificent thunderstorm. The lightning has moved on, but the windchimes are still clanging loudly and there are occasional patterings of big, fat raindrops on the metal porch roof.
Tomorrow, after a necessary stint in the garden, I can dive into painting. Currently I am thinking purple for the wheel, blue for the frame and mother-of-all, yellow for the footmen, and red for the treadles. And of course green for the leaves and contrasting colors for the snakes and flowers. If this works out well, I may start burning all kinds of things. I already want to do a kitchen table, and maybe the door to my fiber room. For those, I think I'll wait for cooler weather.