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    A Little Bit of Larrywood

    Some time back, I got a large slab of Michigan chocolate from Larry. Although most of that slab will become a table of some sort, part of it ended up on the lathe.

    A bit over a year ago, I turned a large platter out some of the allotted lathe wood. It looked nice, had a good finish on it, but something about the form didn't really hit my buttons. I intentionally left it pretty thick. Although I showed it at a couple of shows last year, I wasn't completely happy with it for some reason. It just didn't feel right in my hands.

    Within a few months, the platter had warped quite a bit...about 1/2" within the 15 1/2" diameter. It wouldn't sit on a table without rocking. I had obviously hurried too much to get it finished and not let it dry after rough turning it.

    A couple of weeks ago, I finally decided to take it back into the shop to see if I could turn the warp out of it. Long story short, I was able to make it flat again, I simplified the form, and ended up with a thin (about 3/8" thick) platter made of some of the prettiest walnut crotch wood I've ever seen.

    Here's the before:

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    And here's the after:

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    It's much simpler now, which I think shows off the figure in the wood much better. It's also much lighter, which, at least to me, feels better in my hands. Now I'm happy with it.

    Comments, critiques, and questions are all welcome.

    And thanks, Larry!
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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    ha i remember that platter.loved it then and still do, even with them changes. If i could of gotten a way with it i would of keep it in my shop. I belive it looked a lot like this.great job on the redo by the way.
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    Beautiful, Vaughn! You did good waiting for it to tell you what it wanted to be when it grew up!
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    That is just crazy beautiful. I am glad you re-worked it as the second version looks much better.
    Chinese Proverb: Man who eats many prunes gets good run for the money.

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    I second Mohammad's comments

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    That is a pretty fabulous piece of wood. The feather is amazing. Good job!
    I may be getting a little older physically but mentally I'm still tarp as a shack.

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    OK, I admit it, I missed the memo.....

    I thought you sold you lathe....?

    I must have missed something
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    That is a beautiful piece. Really shows the beauty of the wood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    OK, I admit it, I missed the memo.....

    I thought you sold you lathe....?

    I must have missed something
    Yes, he is definitely holding out on us. Let's see, an upgrade from a PM, it must be either a Oneway, Vicmarc, Nova, Robust, Serious...what am I missing?
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    He sold his lathe. Now where in the world did you get that from?
    Chinese Proverb: Man who eats many prunes gets good run for the money.

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