Thomas Wirsing | Bigleaf Maple Platter

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Thomas Wirsing |  Bigleaf Maple Platter
Thomas Wirsing | Longmont, Colorado

Acer Macrophyllum (Big Leaf Maple) Platter with stand, 2018
15.76"/375 mm diameter

About the Artist:
I love wood. I love its beautiful colors, its various textures, and I particularly love wood with dramatic variations in grain patterns. I grew up in a home full of antiques, most of which were built in the American colonies, and I loved their graceful lines and curves, the beauty of their wood, the patina of their well-rubbed finishes, and the softly reflected light from their surfaces.

Turning bowls and platters on my wood lathes brings life to my love of wood. Imagine the pleasure I receive from mounting a piece of timber on the lathe and turning it into a form with flowing curves, beautiful color and figure, a satin finish, and an alluring feel. I particularly love turning large platters and bowls, which, like the antiques I grew up with, will become heirlooms enjoyed by many generations to come.