Drunken Hickory

Drunken Hickory

Wood: Hickory
Dimensions: Measures 6 1/4 inches wide and stands 1 inch tall
Finish: Danish Oil
For Indoor Use Only; Not For Use With Food

I love plates. I use them on my dining room table to layer up other items for display. Sometimes I layer plates and bowls and plates with more plates and then a bowl. Plates are a whole thing for me. Love me some plates.

This plate came to me from the scrap bucket of a cabinet shop. It was rough looking, but that's perfect for lathe turning. The beauty of wood is on the inside. Once I turned off the rough outside the beautiful inside emerged.

I call this plate "drunken" because of the way I applied the finish. The plate soaked in a bucket of Danish Oil for about a week. During that time the finish soaked deep into the fibers of the wood. Wood that has soaked ends up with different colors and texture than wood that has had the finish applied to the top. The effect is slightly translucent and the colors are rich. After all that soaking it takes at least another week, sometimes as much as a month, for the piece to dry.

As I removed this piece from the lathe the tenon popped off and I didn't fix that. (See picture #3) It's part of the weathering of the character of the life of the plate. Quirky logic, I'm aware.