Natural edge crotch platter

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Project by Schwieb posted 01-03-2013 09:39 PM 2246 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This September I had the opportunity to host a day long, hands on workshop in my workshop. My friend, Don Geiger, ( ) who is also a Robust lathe dealer brought in 5 lathes, a Stubby, 2 American beauties, a Sweet Sixteen, and a Liberty. We had Rudy Lopez, a very talented wood turner from Tampa teach 6 of us about turning things like this. I had seen Rudy do a demo on this once and later had found this piece of wood and wanted to try my luck, but I couldn’t turn it on the lathe I had. This was a perfect opportunity. These lathes are really fine tools. A dream to turn on and operate. American made. And I want one. It was a special day in my workshop that day and this is what I made with Rudy’s coaching.

This is spalted pecan about 19” tip to tip and I have turned it to shy of 3/16” thick. Anyone who has done any turning like this can appreciate the amount of air you’re turning between the thin wood tips. Keeping that all under control is a challenge. Rudy is a great instructor and does some amazing stuff. His website is: I encourage you to check out his gallery.

Thanks for checking it out

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 01-03-2013 10:03 PM

unusual and interesting turning Ken. Probably not so easy to turn either. Do did an excellent job on it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 12:28 AM

Wow that’s one cool turning,looks scary.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-04-2013 01:10 AM

that is so beautiful…great job, im making a table right now and am also using spalted pecan, its some beautiful wood, but i really love this turning, i can picture that bowl full of salsa and the platter with chips… so is the turning here for rent or to use for a party….lol….i would love one of these…good turning ken…really good.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 03:42 AM

Looks like a challenge to me, we used to call them opportunities ;0) Could be a hand/finger catcher. Did you have a problem getting caught? Great looking project and a great looking bowl!

Thanks for sharing Doc

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 01-04-2013 10:53 AM

Ken Well done!!! It is always good to be turning with a group of friends and have a pro around to give that little bit of advice now and then. Again well done Regards Tamboti

-- Africa is not for sissies

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 01:37 PM

Nice job


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 01-04-2013 08:11 PM

must have been one big exiting and scary journey to make this piece

is that your cave we see from abowe … if so …. how do get time to go to your work ...LOL

take care

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#9 posted 01-04-2013 08:41 PM

Way out there Ken.
That must have been a gas to turn.
If you’re not having fun… you’re doing it wrong.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#10 posted 01-04-2013 10:45 PM

Awesome, unique piece. First one I’ve seen like this. Thanks.

-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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#11 posted 01-05-2013 01:15 AM

Pretty piece. I’m sure it required quite some focus not to smack a finger or two.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#12 posted 01-06-2013 11:46 PM

Nice, I’m sorry to have missed this event.
Although recent experiences with spalted wood might have made having a spinning chunk this large a little worrisome.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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#13 posted 09-07-2013 12:53 PM

Ken, that is a very cool turning!! I just got interested in turning crotch wood from a demo at our last guild meeting. the demonstrator turned heart shaped bowls from a crotch. They are amazing pieces as is yours.
You sure have to be alert with those corners flying around.
WOW, what a nice workshop, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for posting!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 02-11-2015 02:05 AM

That is a great piece.
Like the others have said, that would really be a challenge to turn.
I’m impressed.
It is good to see people who follow their fathers footsteps, and especially when they are here in Central FL.

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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