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A question frequently asked by visitors to our gallery is, "What is the difference between a platter and shallow bowl?" In simplest terms, Bowls have larger, deeper wells while Platters have a shallow profile and straightforward simplicity. Although I have, on occasion, created platters in the classic style (see Cocobolo platter), my preference is to create my Platters with flaring rims and understated decorative effect. Platters are the perfect way for a woodturner to utilize attractive wood which is too thin for turning either a Bowl or Hollow Form. It is not all that uncommon to get a blank sufficient for turning several platters. When this occurs, I often do several platters which, at first glance, appear similar but, closer inspection will reveal subtle variations.

And, be advised that a platter can be turned using wood supplied by the client---you. Should you want to order a custom-turned Platter, I would have to first inspect the wood to ensure it being usable for what you would like. For details re; custom orders, email me or, Or, if you would like to visit our studio-gallery, please call or email and we will provide directions for getting here and date confirmation---so I am certain to be here when you arrive.

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GeometricsThis platter shape is similar overall to several others in this series. The difference is the carved and painted rim hence its title. Inspired by the work of fellow turner, Al Stirt, whom I have had the pleasure of turning with. Al's work inspires others to greater heights; to go where you have not gone before. This piece is titled, 'Geometrics'.
Item Number: 5P   Price: $175.00
Natural Edge Maple PlatterI felt that a large platter, with natural edge left intact, would best bring out the beauty of this wood. The Platter wall is turned relatively thin so this piece is a perfect centerpiece display for dining or coffee table, perhaps fitted with pretty dried flowers.

Item Number: 6P   Price: $190.00
Shallow Bowl Lace PlatterMore shallow bowl than platter, this piece was finished with lacquer in order to enhance the beauty of the Cherry wood grain and, to seal the blue stone inlace in its rim. This platter is not for use with food; it’s intended for decorative use only.
10-1/2 x2” H. Item Number: 13P   Price: $155.00
The 'Rainbow' PlatterThis platter’s eye-catching grain was enhanced using several techniques. First pyrography, the annular rings were emphasized by burning them with a special point on the pyrography tool. This was followed by applying the colors of the rainbow, hence the piece is titled, 'Rainbow'. Item Number: 8P   Price: $155.00
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