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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 atharrysturn@gmail.com or, harrysturn@gmail.com. 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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Spalted Maple With HoleCreating a piece with occlusions left in is always a challenge. But this challenge is one I love to take on. To do this, the log must be positioned on the lathe so the occlusion will become part of the final design. This platter’s design assures the occlusion being highlighted by its position in the platter’s thin wall.
Item Number: 9P   Price: $135.00
Turned When WetThis deep platter is a good example of the beauty achieved by turning 'green' wood. Cherry, as do most fruitwoods, distorts a lot as it loses moisture. The intent was to create an uncomplicated design which would take on the appearance of an old or, antique bowl as it dried.
Item Number: 10P   Price: $175.00
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