Huntsman Spider

Vintage wristwatch and pocket watch parts, with copper wire.  Approx. 80mm by 40mm

Originally, I was going to create a spider hanging from a clock spring web, but what evolved was an iconic Australian arachnid, who lives under tree bark or in tree holes. Delena Cancerides is a spider who uses speed rather than a web to catch dinner, hence the name “Huntsman”.

This piece is life sized, although they can be found both smaller and much, much larger! I’m told woodcutters would keep a Huntsman on their backs, whilst working cutting trees to keep the flies away!