Spalted Figured Maple Platter

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Project by Ken Waller posted 07-29-2010 07:01 PM 2247 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you get up early some mornings (earlier than is normal for me) and go down to the dock, the water is dead calm and a mist hangs over the water. Through the mist the outline of the island appears. Just then, a gentle breeze blows across the water, gently lifting the mist and rippling the water in a pattern of straight lines running from the wind. Perfect fluidity.
This 19” spalted figured maple platter captured all this as if it were a camera. Check out the detailed picture and see if you agree.
The platter was given 3 coats of tung oil and then buffed with the Beall System.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#1 posted 07-29-2010 07:08 PM

That’s beautiful! I’ve started shopping at KJP lately. I was wondering what their blanks get turned into. Their figured wood is gorgeous.

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#2 posted 07-29-2010 09:35 PM

Beautiful platter. Nice job on the turning.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 07-29-2010 09:40 PM

Wow!! What a beautiful platter! Everything the finish and grain are outstanding! I really like the shape too, great turning.

Thanks so much for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 07-29-2010 09:51 PM

I like that you turned a simple platter & let the wood sing.

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#5 posted 07-29-2010 10:59 PM

That is one fantastic platter, Ken!

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

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#6 posted 07-29-2010 11:37 PM

beautiful work Ken..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 07-29-2010 11:50 PM

Beautiful, and the back is just as impressive as the front.

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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#8 posted 07-30-2010 01:18 AM

Great looking platter Ken, your discription is shown in the grain and finish.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#9 posted 07-30-2010 03:34 AM

Nice Plate Man, sweet

-- RStadler

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#10 posted 07-30-2010 03:49 AM

Love it! I like when form and nature compliment one another.

-- Kyle Edwards,, Iron Station , NC (near Charlotte)

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#11 posted 07-30-2010 01:05 PM

Gorgeous platter Ken and perfect description.

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#12 posted 07-31-2010 02:49 AM

Beautiful wood and a great project.

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#13 posted 07-31-2010 07:25 PM

Very nice! Where do you even find a 19” piece of figured maple to start with?

-- Chris

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#14 posted 07-31-2010 11:46 PM

Many thanks for the nice comments. The wood came from KJP Select Hardwoods in Ottawa ( They often have large roundsof maple.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#15 posted 08-06-2010 04:31 PM

Beautiful platter turning. You captured the spirit of the fluidity contest in the project and the story. Well done!
My home for 16 years was situated on a salt marsh, and I experienced many mornings just as you describe.

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