|Project by schwingding||posted 12-13-2007 05:55 PM||1465 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
Well it is the holiday season, so I thought I’d post my holiday platter.
To think that there was a time when I was totally against using color in woodwork! I eschewed use of coloring agents as I thought it was heresy to color something as pretty as a piece of wood. As you can see, I got over it.
This is a 14” platter/shallow bowl made form big leaf maple burl. After it was turned and sanded I airbrushed a transparent red over the surface until I was satisfied with the color. Then it was sealed with several coats of lacquer, then the gold was added by brushing a “gilt varnish” where you see the gold color. I needed several coats of lacquer before the gilt so I could resand the edges clean without removing the red where the gilt cross into the red here and there as my brush skills aren’t that great. Thereafter this received many, maybe 15 coats of a water based lacquer, then was hand sanded and buffed on wheels to the resulting high gloss.
This platter won the American Association of Woodturners first national platter turning contest.
What I think I like most about it is that the maple burl behind the color looks like marble. My wife wanted this really badly, but I took it to the AAW convention in Kansas City, told her I sold it, but secretly kept it and wrapped it up for a surprise Christmas gift.
-- Just another woodworker