Buggy Bookends

I had some wood that I could tell was filled with bugs.  Before getting rid of it all, I cut into a few pieces and decided to enhance the work of the bugs.  I used some tinted epoxy to fill, stabilize and keep more bug poop from coming out when you shake them.

  • Wood type: Pin Oak
  • Finish: 7 really thin coats of pure Tung oil.
  • Bug type: Ivory Marked Longhorn beetle


Awesome used of "pretty" wood where the shape/size has limitations. Free-form art IMO.

Are they heavy enough to stay put or did you use some kind of no-skid pad or stuff them full of gold?
cool look swirt. i hope there are no live ones left inside ? i made a mrytlewood slab table for my brother once that had a few live ones left. he just waited and they eventually died.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

@SplinterGroup they are decently heavy but not enough to contain unruly books.  If any of these books had a slouch, they would likely overpower the bookend.  They are better suited for small paperback books than the large ones in the photos.

@Pottz  They had a few live ones when I cut into them but then I put them in a toaster oven on 300 degrees for a few hours.  That took care of them.  I have  had a few of my larger creations let a few bugs loose though. 

Very creative! Love the bright epoxy as a contrast. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Very cool looking, and a very nice way to use up fire wood! 

.................. John D....................


Very creative solution.  Looks cool too.


Awesome  bookends.

daveg, SW Washington & AZ

Pretty cool...lots of inlay!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

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