Tenugui Hanger Revisit

tenugui_holder-000The weather here has been unbearable. Several days in a row the heat index went over 100F.  Having temperatures in the 90’s is tough but doable.  However, when you factor in humidity levels in the high 60% to above 70%, conditions are just too much for working in an unconditioned space.  So not much has been happening here on the woodworking front.  I have fought the good fight though.  Working for 15-20 minutes right after work just to get my fix in.  This limited time means that the project has to be simple.

The tenugui hanger that I finished recently has been a big hit with those who have seen it.  This favorable response set me to thinking that the tenugui hanger might be a good choice for Christmas presents this year.  It’s simple to make and gives me a way to use up some of the off cuts that are piling up out of control.

So I began this next tenugui hanger by fishing a scrap out of the pile.  What I pulled out was a length of sassafras left over from a clock project a few years ago.  I love working with this stuff.  It responds well to sharp tools, it has an open mild grain and smells wonderful. Anyway, I began cutting all of the parts per my drawing that I have posted.  At a few minutes per session it has taken over a week to get the thing completed and ready for finish.

The finish on this one is a coat of my tinted linseed oil then a polish with the polissoir and beeswax.  The sassafras is just hard enough that it polishes well and the undercoat of oil added an element of depth.

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On my first tenugui hanger I included a bit of decorative knot work attached to the o-rings of the lower stretcher.   I think it adds a bit something-something to the overall assembly.  The knot that I used on that first one was a Japanese Tassel knot tied in black paracord.  The black worked well with the brown and orange tones of the seasoned pine that I used on the first hanger.  The sassafras has a golden tone to it and I chose to run with it.  I also chose to try out a different knot.  So for this hanger I used gold paracord tied into a Chinese Good Luck knot.  The knot is really just a slight variation of the Japanese Tassel knot but raises the “fancy” up a notch or two.  Both knots are super easy to tie, so don’t be intimidated.  It may take you a couple of tries, but you’ll get it I’m sure.  I finished the cords off with Celtic button knots and frayed the tag ends to give the look of a tassel.  I did go the extra mile with the Chinese Good Luck knots and tied them in opposite directions so that they are mirror images of each other.  To add a bit of contrast and a bit of brown tone, I soaked the center portions of the knots with CA glue.  I think they look pretty snazzy!

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The final assembly with a Fall themed tenugui.

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This is a simple project and adds a bit of artistic value when hung.  I made this to hang a specific strip of cloth but any piece of cloth that you find beautiful would work just as well.  Change the shape of the stretches and add a regional knot and you could make this thing work in just about every home and culture.  You could also use this hanger to display a linen calendar.  Something for you to think about.

Anyway, that’s one present ready for the Christmas season.

Greg Merritt

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8 Responses to Tenugui Hanger Revisit

  1. shannontroester says:

    Beautiful work as always. I’m in Texas so I certainly understand your heat and humidity issues. I really need Fall to get here but unfortunately we still have August to go…

    I love the knot work. I might have to give that a try at some point.

  2. This is outstanding and I know my wife would love it, I feel intimidated about the knots though and painting. I’m glad it’s cold here and am not looking forward to summer so I feel your pain brother.

    I’ve been very sick for the last few days with kidney stone or possibly stones, I’ve had to take a day off work already not a good start and possibly will need a week but the pain was 9 out 10. The craving for woodworking is kicking in big time so I understand about needing a fix.

    • Greg Merritt says:

      Hey thanks Salko. This really is a simple little project. At a straight run it would only take an hour or so. The knots are really easy. Just jump in and give them a try.

      Hope you get to feeling better soon. Kidney stones are no joke!

  3. Matt McGrane says:

    Cool stuff as always, Greg. You continue to impress with your artistic flair.

  4. Stefan says:

    Hi Greg,
    great stuff. I like the artistic approach. All this knot work gives the project the unique touch.
    Thanks for the links. I was just asking myself how to make these knots. They are nice little details for box projects.
    Cheers,
    Stefan

    • Greg Merritt says:

      Thanks Stefan. The knots are really easy. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of adding knot work to just about every project that I do. I think knots are an overlooked addition to woodworking projects. Particularly those projects done in a vernacular style. There are so many applications beyond pulls and knobs. Hope I have been able to get your wheels turning.

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