I love dragonflies—they look so prehistoric, and they really are! Leigh grew up calling them “snake doctors” and that nickname has stuck with me as well. In Japan, dragonflies are a seasonal symbol for autumn and have been used as a samurai family crest as they represent strength and courage. Dragonflies are also bioindicators of environmental quality and thus their presence is a good sign. This tray design is strongly influenced by Japanese art, especially the tsuba (metal hand guards) from samurai swords. Last year I painted a drum design with a similar motif and wanted to continue using dragonflies again for this serving tray. The base and sides are made of red cedar which have been glued and pegged together to make the tray. I covered all surfaces with polyurethane to help the tray resist stains and to make it more durable.