I usually wait until I have a piece finished before showing it here, but I figured you guys might like seeing this one. It's a piece of curly maple that I bought from Robert Mickley in the Classified Ads here. At 19" in diameter, this one is the biggest of three I got from him. (The package was over 80 pounds.) And when he said "curly", he wasn't kidding.
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I wanted to preserve the bumpy natural edge, but I didn't have a lot of thickness to work with, so it's more of a winged platter than a bowl. (Mark Cothren got the NE bug planted in me bigtime, dang him. I've got two more big ones drying and more NE blanks waiting.)
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It's soaking in DNA now, and I'll take it down a bit thinner after it dries. Not real excited about the overall shape (I hope to tweak it a bit after it's dry), but this has got to be some of the nicest curly maple I've seen. For the last two pics, I sanded a bit with 80 grit to take out the tool marks and sprayed with water. Still real rough. When this thing gets finished up, the wood's gonna look absolutely 3-D.