Natural Edge Winged Platter

Just finished this on the weekend. Those spindles I did for the chair last week inspired me to do some turning. A natural edge winged platter. This piece of wood has a lot of what is called bark inclusion, giving it quite a dramatic texture. This likely happened by disease, insect infestation, or a combination of both. I am not sure what the wood is but I was told when I bought it, it is from Hokkaido. Judging by the weight, density, and coloration of the wood I would guess it is Zelkova (native to Japan and known here as keyaki).

No process pictures here this time, just some good ol’ fashioned digital pictures.

Plate with stand. You can’t see from here but the stand has ebony hinges I made. With the stand I realized the plate can be illuminated from behind and light will come through the bark inclusion cracks.

Front view.

The bottom shot of the foot and bowl.

Close up shot.

Doing the sanding.

All chucked up on my lathe with the outrigger jig attached.


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Love making sawdust and turning wood into objects of practical beauty.
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