Sabbatical platter "Worship Calendar"

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Project by everettvh posted 12-19-2009 04:35 AM 1684 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this platter at the conclusion of my sabbatical (I’m a pastor in a Christian Reformed church in Michigan). After taking a class with Frank Penta and Alan Leland at the John C. Campbell Folk School, I did some travelling, seeing woodworking styles in different places and gathering ideas. In the end, as a gift to my congregation, I made this platter.

It’s laid out in distinct blocks, representing different Sundays as on a calendar. The calendar grid is made of holly, the whitest wood to represent the Holy Spirit’s pervasive presence. The center vertical and horizontal pieces are a bit thicker to bring out a cross. The square blocks are made from 13 different types of wood, each representing some aspect of communal worship, such as preaching (ebony), grace (bloodwood), blessing (cherry) and song (yellowheart).

Assembling the blank took approximately 40 hours. It was turned on my Nova 1624, and is finished with a mix of 1/3 tung oil, 1/3 polyurethane and 1/3 mineral spirits.

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#1 posted 12-19-2009 04:46 AM

what a very cool piece!

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#2 posted 12-19-2009 05:19 AM

I love it you did a great job! Thanks for the info on the meaning behind its design you put alot of thought into this and it shows… also thanks for the mixture for your finish.

Superb job!!!

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#3 posted 12-19-2009 06:03 AM

Very well done almost looks like something our famous Patron would make. Beautiful and unique so nice.

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#4 posted 12-19-2009 09:00 AM

Great set up ,i like that a lot

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#5 posted 12-19-2009 11:42 AM

Very beautiful and interesting platter .
Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

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#6 posted 12-19-2009 01:00 PM

the story behind this beautiful piece makes it extra-extraordinary! Well done.

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#7 posted 12-19-2009 01:25 PM

what else is there to say?

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#9 posted 12-19-2009 09:08 PM

Incredible Platter!! Well done keep up the good work.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#10 posted 12-19-2009 10:02 PM

Very impressive piece. Very special piece! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#11 posted 12-19-2009 10:23 PM

Very impressive, on all accounts!

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#12 posted 12-19-2009 11:57 PM

I like it!! Nice work.

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#13 posted 12-20-2009 05:32 PM

Very, very, nice job. I’m not sure that I understand all of the calendar association however. I really like the texturing on the underside of the platter. I would like to know the significance of the one and only round dark piece of wood I see? Congratulations again on an excellent job. Keep on keeping on.

Ken McGinnis

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#14 posted 12-21-2009 03:44 AM

That is a beautiful piece and a great blessing to the congregation. Nice job on the symbolism and the turning.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 12-21-2009 06:40 PM

Wow. It’s beautiful, visually engaging AND it has a deeper meaning. What a wonderful project.

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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