The weekend is my time to get a back to little controlled nature, and I found this today;
It's hard to tell from the photo but the scale of this web was about 7" across, making each little row along the spokes maybe a eighth of an inch from the one before. A good deal smaller than it looks here! The spider was gone, web abandoned - I hope one day I catch him at work on a new web. They are astoundingly fast!
I read somewhere that the quest to create a fiber as strong as a spiders web in relation to is thickness has proven impossible so far. And spiders will not cooperate when it comes to raising them to collect their web - they are very aggressive & will sooner eat each other.
I somehow doubt we could ever create something as perfectly beautiful and efficient, as effortlessly as these little guys can.