Dyed Ash Square Platter, dyed Red
Dyed Ash Square Platter 12x12x2 inches. Dyed Red with the grain highlighted with white wax. Item Number 18550. On display at Blue Moon Art Gallery, 24 E. Main Street, Brevard, NC 28712.
There are several species of ASH which grow in our southern Appalachian Highlands region; perhaps the most prevalent are White, Green, and Black Ash. It is very difficult to determine the species without viewing the leaves. We do not harvest trees; the bulk of our work is utilizing wood from trees already felled, or those which are taken because of being in the path of progress, diseased, or downed by storm. Unfortunately, the Emerald Ash Borer is destined to infect and kill every ash tree in the US and this piece was created from an ash log re-purposed because of the borer’s destructive work.
This piece was made from the upper end of the log. After being sealed with a paraffin-like substance, it was stored in my wood barn, retrieved and rounded into a “blank”, then mounted on the lathe and turned and sanded. Finishing the piece is accomplished by using an alcohol-based dye, then applying one coat of a proprietary lacquer. After both the dye and that first coat of lacquer have dried, then white liming wax is applied to fill the soft grain. The excess wax is rubbed off by hand and additional coats of lacquer applied.