Woodworking at its finest
This platter is a cross-section through the root-ball of a California redwood tree. Anywhere in a tree where a branch splits off from its trunk, or where roots join to form the trunk, the wood grain is curly and curvy and irregular and flat-out BEAUTIFUL. The grain is a rich, saturated, red, and appears almost pearlescent as the grain turns around itself.
The artist created the piece to be subtly concave on the top, while maintaining a flat side on the reverse for variety. The concavity prevents the subjects of this photograph (the babies) from "competing" with the wood for the focal-point of the finished photograph. The light from the left side will fall only on the small, irregular wood edge, then the babies' faces, which are the highlight of the photograph.
The finish was chosen to be glossy enough that the deep colors of the grain would not be muted, yet not mirror-like so that I don't labor over avoiding uninvited reflections in the piece.
All-in-all, it's wonderful.
The piece was crafted by the one and only, Ed Brown, MY DAD!
Thanks, Dad, for your time and energy you poured into this platter. I love it love it love it! And I know my clients already do too. I also can't wait to enter this in competition! It's perfect. Thank you!