Painted and Carved Cherry Platter

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Project by JamesVavra posted 03-12-2012 12:08 AM 2212 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 13” platter has a shallow center bowl that is about and inch and a half deep. The wide rim was painted and then carved in a pattern that is sunflower inspired. I didn’t have much of a plan for the carving, and it seems that I need a little practice in that arena.

It’s generally in the style that Al Stirt creates, although no where near his level.

Comments, critiques, and questions welcomed.


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#1 posted 03-12-2012 12:36 AM

Very pretty!

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 01:05 AM

Looks great. I really admire the turners on this site. You bunch do some really cool stuff.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 01:35 AM

Nice turning. Hey, we all have to start somewhere, to grow and learn from it and I think you have a good start at it!

-- You can't buy salvation, it's a free gift from God.

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#4 posted 03-12-2012 08:43 AM

I like the random carved pattern, a lovely platter.

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#5 posted 03-12-2012 12:16 PM

good stirt is no slouch, so he’s good to emulate..:-0) keep at it.

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#6 posted 03-12-2012 01:25 PM

Great work! I love the contrasting colors and the floral pattern. Not sure I’d be able to put food in this platter because it’s so nice!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 03-12-2012 01:38 PM

Thanks for the comments, all.

@Michelle – I sat in on a session that Al lead during the last Tennessee Association of Woodturner’s Annual Symposium. He does some really cool stuff.


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#8 posted 03-12-2012 04:10 PM

That’s Lovely, James. Very artistic concept. I always find 13” looking (to me) too small to call a ‘platter,’ but doing it this way with a small bowl in the center and a widely designed rim makes it a very artistic platter. I like it. Good job.


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#9 posted 03-12-2012 06:15 PM

This is a beautiful piece. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 03-12-2012 08:10 PM

very cool idea.

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#11 posted 03-13-2012 04:20 AM

James nice work. I can’t see the carving in detail so can’t comment on it. But from what can see, it looks awesome. Great work!

-- Matt, Arizona

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