This Freedom of the Press Platter is a laser etching of an early typewriter patent. Many of the engineering drawings for early patents are works of art. They are in the public domain and worthy of exposure. These intricate and beautiful engineering drawings are available from the US Patent office.
I transfer the graphic image unto the wooden platter using a high power laser. Then I add the headline “Freedom of the Press” above the drawing to make a statement about recent events. Here is a link to the First Amendment of the US Constitution regarding Freedom of the Press. It is worth posting the Amendment here. “The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others. And also from restricting an individual’s religious practices while guaranteeing freedom of expression. Furthermore it prohibits Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peacefully and to petition their government.
After a square wood form with tapered sides is made I add a semi circular dimple in the center of the turned platter. This is for holding rings or small objects. This platter can be a desk accessory or a nightstand ring holder. You will not be searching for rings in the morning with a decorative platter like this.
If you like this Freedom of the Press platter there is a platter in my store with vintage Japanese art.
In my studio in Montvale, New jersey, USA, I design and produce all of my items. Most items do have some time on the lathe to develop the concept and the form. Then much more time takes place at the workbench refining the piece.