Artistic Woodturnings #1: "Genesis I, Garden of the Gods"

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Blog entry by SteveRussell posted 07-25-2007 10:02 PM 970 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This highly figured Silver Maple platter features a delicate ergonomically contoured rim, that blends seemlessly into a raised summit, which accents the center viewing area of the platter. The platter is approximately 3/16” thick and stands 1” tall. I turn quite a lot of Silver maple, but figure like this is hard to come by… The tree this was made from measured approximately 16 feet in diameter and was removed by a city cutting crew because it was dying and had become a danger to the childrens park where it grew.

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#1 posted 07-25-2007 10:34 PM

Beautful im a beggining turner, Somday maybe. Great job and thanks for joining us we all look forward to your insights and seeeing more of your work.

-- piper

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#2 posted 07-25-2007 11:01 PM


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#3 posted 07-25-2007 11:18 PM

Really a nice platter! Thanks for sharing!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 07-27-2007 12:31 AM


Very nice turning work. Must have been some tree.


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#5 posted 07-27-2007 04:19 PM


Thanks for your comments! This tree was a majestic and noble Silver Maple, with a beautiful growth habit and canopy. I was lucky enough to get several blanks from this tree, each one is more spectacular than the other. Sadly, most of this tree was fed into a chipper/shredder by the local city tree cutting crew. It’s truly a once in a lifetime blessing, as no other Silver Maple I’ve turned since comes close to the color and figure this tree offered. Thanks again for your kind words and for taking a look at some of my work. Best wishes to you and yours!

-- Better Woodturning and Finishing Through Chemistry...

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#6 posted 07-28-2007 07:24 AM

Your turnings are amazing and I love the back story on this one!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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