|Project by everettvh||posted 12-19-2009 04:35 AM||1480 views||2 times favorited||17 comments|
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.