I am back safe and sound from Cape Cod, despite the best efforts of some of the drivers between here and there. I had a great time and a wonderful host family. Here is a picture of one of the pieces I finished just before I left.
This is a piece of black ash burl that I obtained on my last trip up to the Cape. I did a demo for the Tiverton RI Middle School and picked up three pieces of this stuff while I was there. According to the shop teacher there, he gets this stuff from someone he knows in the UP of MI. It is not the best picture, and I think I am going to have to retake it. Below is one from the top.
The plate is 12" in diameter, and approximately 1 3/4" high. It is 3/16" thick, and finished with Bush Oil. I took a chance and buffed it. That went better than I though it might, and I did not have to spend time picking lint out of all the little inclusions.
Thanks for taking a look.