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Flaming Platter 9 5/8” Dia. x 1” H

This Flaming Platter was turned from a 3-way Sweet Gum crotch. I have a bad habit of not taking pictures in progress. I get too engrossed in the beauty of the wood and in my excitement I keep forgetting to snap! I am making a sign to post on the wall behind my lathe that says “take pictures”! I need to take pictures of the wood I start out with and show some progressions along with the final finished piece. This piece of wood started with one trunk and grew 3 branches in a row. I wanted to turn a bowl but somehow along the way it morphed into a platter and I think that was a better thing to have happened! The wood had awesome markings but was bland looking. I decided that it was a PRIME candidate for dyeing and went with black first and sanded it down then red and repeated the sanding and finally I added yellow and buffed it with the shavings from the turning at high rpm for about 10 minutes. Then finished it with Wipe on Poly and watched it catch “FIRE”! Before it was even finished my wife posted it on facebook and I had someone who wanted to buy it. I have not set a price on it yet.

Comments and critiques welcomed!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL





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Chip

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#1 posted 1324 days ago

Aptly named. Stunning wood and great job turning. Pics of some different angles would be nice. Regardless, thanks for the post Erwin and nice piece!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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TheGravedigger

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#2 posted 1324 days ago

Absolutely incredible! You never know what you’re going to find in “trash” wood. Most of us wouldn’t give sweetgum a second glance. I have GOT to try some of this dyeing everyone’s doing. Wonderful piece.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 1324 days ago

Erwin you outdid yourself with this one. It is truly a work of art. I wouldn’t have been able to be brave enough to even work with it. You did a beautiful job.

Thanks so much for sharing it with us. It is quite an inspiration.

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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swirlsandburls

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#4 posted 1324 days ago

That’s a once in a lifetime piece right here! Nice job

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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stevecabinum

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#5 posted 1324 days ago

Beautiful work Erwin! I never remember to snap pix either – always been on the other side of the lens. I know what you mean about getting into the excitement of it – everything else just falls away . . . Thanks for sharing!

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 1324 days ago

Incredible! Get out the fire hose!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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KayBee

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#7 posted 1324 days ago

Wow! Great job finishing to kick up the wow factor.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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David65

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#8 posted 1324 days ago

Beautiful awesomely Beautiful… Yes take pictures because I’m sure the blank was plane Jane and to produce a work of art like this you need pictures.

-- David '65

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wseand

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#9 posted 1324 days ago

Simply spectacular. I am sure who ever buys it will enjoy it for a long time.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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Lochlainn1066

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#10 posted 1324 days ago

Very Very Nice!

-- Nate, thegaragestudio.etsy.com

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shipwright

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#11 posted 1324 days ago

To Dye For!

Nice use of dyes Irwin and good eye for a diamond in the rough, it’s a real talent in it’s own right.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Raftermonkey

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#12 posted 1324 days ago

Supa cool. Makes me want to try the dye. Excellent work.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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Dark_Lightning

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#13 posted 1324 days ago

Whew, that’s NICE! Mmmm…fire!

If someone wants to buy that, be sure to research it. You have a rare and beautiful platter, my friend, don’t give it up cheap. Seriously. How about some different-angle shots, so I can drool some more?

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peteg

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#14 posted 1324 days ago

swirls & burls – is right erwin, that is one piece of firewood that you’l never find again, it would have to think long & hard about selling it. it’s alive

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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dmoney

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#15 posted 1324 days ago

1 ring to rule them all…(reminds me of lord of the rings)
that is a sweet platter. no surprise you didn’t have trouble selling this one. very original.

-- Derek, Iowa

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