Big Leaf Maple Dish

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Project by Marty Eargle posted 12-16-2011 06:17 AM 1346 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Big Leaf Maple plate that I turned for Christmas present. Had to re-turn it this week after a accidentally let it hop off my lathe and fly across the shop, leaving a few dents. Luckily I made it thick or it probably would have borken in half. Turned out better the next go round. There is one small section on the bottom where a little decay started but my signature will cover that up.

This wood is great to turn, sand, and finish. And it’s hard to beat that figure. Very happy that I have a few more pieces from this tree.

Size: 9” x 1.5” and thick like a summer sausage.
Finish: WOP and HUT polish

Thanks for viewing! I welcome any comments and critiques.

-- Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it. -Mark Twain

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 07:18 AM

Very nice love the grain love the shape.

-- Rodney, Arlington Texas

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#2 posted 12-16-2011 10:37 AM

Nice chunky bowl. Maybe it would have been nice to keep the edges “sharper”??


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#3 posted 12-16-2011 07:15 PM

Great looking bowl, lucky you did not wear it when it came off the lathe! Sometimes having a second go at a shape gives you a better shape than you otherwise may have been confident enough to get to. This is nice and the grain is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 12-16-2011 07:30 PM

Nice piece of burl. I’m sure the recipient will enjoy it. I love wood like that. Here in western Oregon Bib Leaf Maple is almost a weed so the price is right and I turn a lot of it. The crotch wood makes outstanding pieces. Yours looks a bit darker than most of the Maple I get. Did you stain it also?
Now none of us like to admit having work come off the lathe. I have had a few over the years and they usually happened early on when I’m trying to rough out an unbalanced blank. I managed to take out a large window in the shop once. I learned to use the tail stock for extra security during roughing work and now my lathe faces away from the window. LOL

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 12-16-2011 08:32 PM

That is an incredible dish. The grain is fantastic.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 12-16-2011 09:15 PM

Thanks all!

Les, the photo darkens the piece up the bit, but several coats of BLO did darken it more than a piece of another kind of maple might. All most the entire piece is either figured or spalted, which is main reason it is darker.

Thanks again for looking!

-- Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it. -Mark Twain

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