Another kelp platter in abalone, malachite and Monterey Cypress wood

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Project by Andy Needles posted 1666 days ago 2893 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a kelp platter, as she works at a marine biology lab at the local university (Cal Poly). The stone is malachite, the abalone are from Fort Bragg and the shells are local. I used the bark inclusion as a stylistic kelp holdfast, and filled it in with local shells, brass and Big Sur Jadeite. The Monterey Cypress is also grown and milled locally. Its a wonderfully smelling wood to work, but it does burn the eyes and nasal passages!

-- rustic andy

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#1 posted 1666 days ago

unique design well done

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#2 posted 1666 days ago

Very cool. Love the use of complimentary materials. Wonderfull design and build. Always good to make points with the wife.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 1666 days ago

This is a very cool looking piece, like your work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 1666 days ago

Well done.

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#5 posted 1666 days ago

I really like how you do that. Very cool indeed.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#6 posted 1665 days ago

Interesting—Great job

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#7 posted 1664 days ago

Great job!!! i really like this!! I hope you know about the abalone shells, the dust can be very dangerous.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#8 posted 1657 days ago

The wood grain flows with the design, great colors, this looks great.

-- --RoB, Florida

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#9 posted 1652 days ago

You do good work…........very,very, nice.


-- Robin Renee'

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#10 posted 1538 days ago

Oh wow.. I missed this one. Andy, I’ll bet your wife loved it. Fantastic.


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