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Flaming Platter 9 5/8” Dia. x 1” H

This Flaming Platter was turned from a 3-way Sweet Gum crotch. I have a bad habit of not taking pictures in progress. I get too engrossed in the beauty of the wood and in my excitement I keep forgetting to snap! I am making a sign to post on the wall behind my lathe that says “take pictures”! I need to take pictures of the wood I start out with and show some progressions along with the final finished piece. This piece of wood started with one trunk and grew 3 branches in a row. I wanted to turn a bowl but somehow along the way it morphed into a platter and I think that was a better thing to have happened! The wood had awesome markings but was bland looking. I decided that it was a PRIME candidate for dyeing and went with black first and sanded it down then red and repeated the sanding and finally I added yellow and buffed it with the shavings from the turning at high rpm for about 10 minutes. Then finished it with Wipe on Poly and watched it catch “FIRE”! Before it was even finished my wife posted it on facebook and I had someone who wanted to buy it. I have not set a price on it yet.

Comments and critiques welcomed!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 11-27-2010 01:03 AM

Aptly named. Stunning wood and great job turning. Pics of some different angles would be nice. Regardless, thanks for the post Erwin and nice piece!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#2 posted 11-27-2010 01:14 AM

Absolutely incredible! You never know what you’re going to find in “trash” wood. Most of us wouldn’t give sweetgum a second glance. I have GOT to try some of this dyeing everyone’s doing. Wonderful piece.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#3 posted 11-27-2010 01:19 AM

Erwin you outdid yourself with this one. It is truly a work of art. I wouldn’t have been able to be brave enough to even work with it. You did a beautiful job.

Thanks so much for sharing it with us. It is quite an inspiration.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 11-27-2010 01:38 AM

That’s a once in a lifetime piece right here! Nice job

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#5 posted 11-27-2010 01:54 AM

Beautiful work Erwin! I never remember to snap pix either – always been on the other side of the lens. I know what you mean about getting into the excitement of it – everything else just falls away . . . Thanks for sharing!

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#6 posted 11-27-2010 02:07 AM

Incredible! Get out the fire hose!

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

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#7 posted 11-27-2010 02:09 AM

Wow! Great job finishing to kick up the wow factor.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#8 posted 11-27-2010 02:19 AM

Beautiful awesomely Beautiful… Yes take pictures because I’m sure the blank was plane Jane and to produce a work of art like this you need pictures.

-- David '65

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#9 posted 11-27-2010 02:23 AM

Simply spectacular. I am sure who ever buys it will enjoy it for a long time.

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#10 posted 11-27-2010 02:55 AM

Very Very Nice!

-- Nate,

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#11 posted 11-27-2010 03:02 AM

To Dye For!

Nice use of dyes Irwin and good eye for a diamond in the rough, it’s a real talent in it’s own right.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 11-27-2010 03:06 AM

Supa cool. Makes me want to try the dye. Excellent work.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#13 posted 11-27-2010 03:17 AM

Whew, that’s NICE! Mmmm…fire!

If someone wants to buy that, be sure to research it. You have a rare and beautiful platter, my friend, don’t give it up cheap. Seriously. How about some different-angle shots, so I can drool some more?

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#14 posted 11-27-2010 04:18 AM

swirls & burls – is right erwin, that is one piece of firewood that you’l never find again, it would have to think long & hard about selling it. it’s alive

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#15 posted 11-27-2010 04:32 AM

1 ring to rule them all…(reminds me of lord of the rings)
that is a sweet platter. no surprise you didn’t have trouble selling this one. very original.

-- Derek, Iowa

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