Wedding plate

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Project by Roger Strautman posted 01-22-2008 01:47 PM 2154 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was given the commission to make a wedding plate for a young couple. I was also given the luxury of making my own design using some of their ideas. This is a 14” dia. basswood plate, which I did bought for $20, with a brown mahogany stain and a Deft spray lacquer finish. I had 8 hours in the design process, I’m slow at that, and 6 hours of carving time. I charged $250 so as you can see I’m not getting rich.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 01-22-2008 02:07 PM

it’s beautiful
A wonderful design and LOTS of work

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 01-22-2008 02:14 PM

Very nicely done!

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#3 posted 01-22-2008 02:37 PM

Beautiful work Roger as always. Really nice. mike

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

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#4 posted 01-22-2008 03:57 PM

Very nice!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Mark A. DeCou

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#5 posted 01-22-2008 03:59 PM

Good work Roger. I saw photos of this concept when it was still in pencil. This is just a wonderful gift, and will be a cherished treasure for the couple.

You are a Modern Master of chip carving and this is just another example of your keen eye for design and prowess with a set of knives. Bravo. We are also to proud to say that we have two RS’s in our house!!


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 01-22-2008 04:40 PM

Well done, Roger.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 01-22-2008 06:05 PM

Sweet and well done

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 01-22-2008 06:25 PM

Beautiful work Roger , it looks great!!

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#9 posted 01-22-2008 07:02 PM

Nice job. Would have paid nice if you left out the design work.

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#10 posted 01-22-2008 07:10 PM

Quite a beautiful plate and a nice keepsake.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 01-22-2008 08:43 PM

Excellent work with a great central theme!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 01-22-2008 08:48 PM

Beautiful work!

$250 less $20 for the material leaves $230 for 14 hours of labor, which comes out to $16.42 per hour. That may not be a king’s ransom, but it is pretty good considering most of us do our woodworking at $0 (less materials) just because we enjoy it.

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

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#13 posted 01-22-2008 10:02 PM

Excellent work as usual Roger.

I was wondering what you were working on as I hadn’t seen a posting for a while.

Its very interesting your break down on the balance of time between your design and your carving.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#14 posted 01-22-2008 11:52 PM

Great Job Roger. Great carving. Well at least it keeps you in the shop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Roger Strautman

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#15 posted 01-23-2008 12:55 AM

Thanks everyone for such nice comments. When I come up with a design that I like I’m always uncertain what others will think of it and it appears that the design is acceptable. Thanks again.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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