Turned Plate or Portrait

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Project by Berg posted 05-09-2010 01:18 PM 1640 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Turned this plate from a salvaged piece of Laural oak. It had some interesting inclusions and great red feathering. It was turned wet, not really green because it was from a dead (maybe “near dead”) tree that was removed from neighbor’s yard. It’s about 10” dia. finished with tung oil. I love watching this wood move. It is even more of a potato chip now than when these pics were taken. The feathered wood is what really gets the piece moving. I had not noticed the face until I saw the first picture.

-- Pete - "To every thing there is a season Turn! Turn! turn!" [Ecclesiastes and Pete Seeger]

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#1 posted 05-09-2010 01:25 PM

Beautiful grain.

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

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#2 posted 05-09-2010 03:05 PM

Cool! I definitely see a face in there.

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

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#3 posted 05-09-2010 03:09 PM

Great capturing of the face in the grain. Fantastic coloring to this piece. I like it when they move.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 05-09-2010 03:22 PM

wow that’s really beautiful grain! You captured it really well.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#5 posted 05-09-2010 05:27 PM

Thanks all.
Scrappy, Liz,
I wish I could take credit but I didn’t capture anything. The wood gave it up to me. That’s the beauty of it.

-- Pete - "To every thing there is a season Turn! Turn! turn!" [Ecclesiastes and Pete Seeger]

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#6 posted 05-12-2010 05:05 AM

The face looks like the Alien from the movie Cocoon, nice piece of wood though

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#7 posted 05-12-2010 05:20 AM

That’s my cousin frank in there

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