Hurricane Sandy Platter is an unusual piece of wood is from a 30 year old weeping cherry. Notice the horizontal line dividing the center of the piece like a bathing suit waist line. This is where a graft unites the tree trunk and a cutting from another tree which creates the upside down branches. It is interesting how seamless the wood grows together just leaving a noticeable change in grain direction. The size is 18 x 15 x 2.5 inches.
Hurricane Sandy Platter features the graft section from an ornamental weeping cherry tree. This is the first time I have seen the grain pattern of a grafting on a large tree. The line is where two sections from different trees grow together. The arborist cuts the parent tree to accept the growth from another tree which is graft into the original tree upside down. This creates the weeping branches.
The style of this platter is Natural Edge. Notice that both sides maintain the organic bark edge. Most often a bowl is made from a block of wood and the edges are cut away forming a perfect circle. Because the wood is from a graft I want to show the grain pattern as it appears in the tree.
Here is another platter made from the grafting of a tree. Topless Platter
Should you be looking for a special gift similar to Hurricane Sandy Platter and do not see it in this web store then take check out my Etsy shop. Also, I also accept commissions and perhaps we can work on a project that will meet your exact specifications.
I design all my items in my studio in Montvale, New Jersey, USA. I divide my time between the lathe and the workbench where I employ secondary operations to enhance the piece. These techniques include pyrography which is a wood burning technique, carving, piercing and painting.