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Spalted Maple Platters

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Project by Ken Waller posted 06-16-2010 06:07 PM 1352 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did a series of bowls last year for a commission from a tree that had to be felled on a guys property. Last fall the same fellow brought me four not-so-great log sections from 2 other trees requesting shallow bowls and platters. The wood, maple & ash, was wet, punky and cracked. After shortening the logs and running them through my bandsaw I ended up with about 20 2”-slabs from which I cut disks. I only ended up with 4 usable pieces and even then they were cracked throughout but the beautiful spalting made the extra effort needed to save them, worthwhile. Here are 3 of the platters for your perusal. It was only when I started to upload these pix that I realized I had no single pix of one of the platters. The 4th piece became a beautifully spalted 7” shallow bowl but you’ll have to take my word on it. The client came by yesterday and happily took all 4 pieces before I could get a picture. All pieces were heavily dosed with CA glue to counteract the punkiness, sanded to 2000 grit and given 3 coats of tung oil. They were then buffed and waxed.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario





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#1 posted 06-16-2010 06:11 PM

Great looking platters Ken

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#2 posted 06-16-2010 08:06 PM

Beautiful turnings, I hope the guy don’t eat off them.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 06-16-2010 09:32 PM

beautyfull dishes you have made

Dennis

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#4 posted 06-16-2010 09:55 PM

I really like them. The grain really poped out..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 06-16-2010 10:48 PM

worth the effort..they are terrific

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#6 posted 06-17-2010 12:39 AM

Ken they look fantastic. Nice job on the turnings.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 06-17-2010 02:26 AM

Nice looking platters Ken, your finish shows of the grain excellently.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#8 posted 06-17-2010 04:42 AM

Ken, Nice job!! They look GREAT!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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