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Eye Popping Hand Turned Wood Art

Carl Ford - CarlFordWoodturner on Etsy, Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook. Full time Studio Woodturner. I produce one of a kind Eye Popping Hand Turned & Hand…
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My woodturning started back in 2002 as a hobby. It has now become an obsession. I produce one of a kind turned, carved, and painted wood vessels. Check out my web site at www.carlford.us for more photos of my work. And my "CarlFordWoodturner" Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner
Check out my "CarlFordWoodturner" Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner
My woodturning started back in 2002 as a hobby. It has now become an obsession. I produce one of a kind turned, carved, and painted wood vessels. Check out my web site at www.carlford.us for more photos of my work. And my "CarlFordWoodturner" Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner

Carl Ford Woodturner

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Made by Carl Ford. 2/2012, Cherry, 8" Tall, 8" Wide, 1-3/8" Thick. I discovered a new way to carve big bold craters between my lines of sun shine. Sold for $350 at the Saturday Night Banquet Live Auction at the AAW National Symposium in Phoenix Arizona.
Made by Carl Ford. - 11/2003, Ash, 6.5" Tall, 12" Diameter. An oldie but goodie. This was the first top notch piece I made back in 2003. Not long after I started turning in 2002. This piece has been featured on the cover of the 2014 American Association of Woodturners (AAW) "Getting Started in Woodturning" book.
Made by Carl Ford. 1/2018, Walnut, 7-1/2" Tall, 7-1/2" Diameter, Bark on Rim. The walnut tree that this piece came from was very interesting. It had a lot more than normal white sap wood surrounding the dark interior heart wood. Similar ones are for sale in my Etsy CarlFordWoodturner store. https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/

Carl Ford - Best Of

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Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. Asian Temple Maple Box, 1/2024, Turned Maple Wood, 3" Diameter, 7" Tall, 7oz. This box has that Asian temple feel. I really like it! It is turned out of really nice fine grained maple wood. Soft maple?
Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. Bell Top Maple Box, 1/2024, Turned Maple Wood, 2-3/4" Diameter, 6-1/4" Tall, 5oz. One of my students wanted to turn some boxes. I decided to make some prototypes. This one has a bell shaped lid. It is turned out of really nice fine grained maple wood. Soft maple?
Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 9/2023, Turned Maple Wood, 3-3/4" Wide, 5" Tall, 13 oz. I turned a nice feature on the bottom of this box that looks like the nozzle of a rocket engine. Thus, I call it a Rocket box. Inspired by Mark Gardner's "Turned Shrink Boxes" article in July/Aug 2023 Issue of Fine Woodworking.

Boxes

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Made by Carl Ford. 9/2021, 10" Wide, 1-1/2" Tall, 22 oz. This one reminds me of a wild untamed ocean. It also features a textured back with a light brown metallic stain. Available in my Etsy CarlFordWoodturner store.
11/2021, Maple, 10" Diameter, 1.5" Thick, 24oz. One of my students made this acrylic pour. He was disappointed with the way it came out. I liked the green and yellow swirls in the piece. I decided to finish the piece and give it to him for Xmas. The back features 3 different no sanding textures.
Made by Carl Ford. 9/2021, 10" Wide, 1-1/2" Tall, 22 oz This one reminds me of our unknown universe. It also features a textured back with a light brown metallic stain. Available in my Etsy CarlFordWoodturner store.

Bowls - Acrylic Pour

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Made by Carl Ford. - 11/2003, Ash, 6.5" Tall, 12" Diameter. An oldie but goodie. This was the first top notch piece I made back in 2003. Not long after I started turning in 2002. This piece has been featured on the cover of the 2014 American Association of Woodturners (AAW) "Getting Started in Woodturning" book.
Made by Carl Ford. 1/2013, Cherry, Oval Shape, 3-1/2" Tall, 9-1/2" Long, 6-3/4" Wide, 8oz. I really love the natural reddish color of this cherry wood bowl! I also love the elongated bowl shape. The shape is a great way to display the natural bark edge. Sold. Similar ones are for sale in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Hand made by Carl Ford. 5/2010, Cedar, 10-1/2" Wide, 5-1/4" Tall. I love the way the rims on live edge cedar bowls dip and swoop.

Bowls - Live Edge

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Hand made by Carl Ford. 7/2013, Cherry, 8" Diameter, 1-3/4" Thick. Another milk paint bowl from 2013 that I really like. Tavern Green and Marigold Yellow milk paint. The bowls were turned green. Milk painted and then allowed to dry. Thus the bowls distorted a little. They are not truly round and look a little wonky in person.
Hand made by Carl Ford. 7/2013, Cherry, 10-1/2" Diameter, 2-3/4" Thick. This is a nice bowl with a carved outer rim. Salem red and black milk paint. The bowls were turned green. Milk painted and then allowed to dry. Thus the bowls distorted a little. They are not truly round and look a little wonky in person.
Hand made by Carl Ford. 8/20213, Cherry, 11" Diameter, 2" Thick I did a series of these cherry bowls with a milk paint back in 2013. I really like this one. I like the rim. I like the ripples. Tavern green and black milk paint. The bowls were turned green. Milk painted and then allowed to dry. Thus the bowls distorted a little. They are not truly round and look a little wonky in person.

Bowls - Milk Paint

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Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 3/2023, Turned Maple Wood, 4-1/4" Diameter, 2-3/4" Tall, 4 oz, Handmade Wood Art. A beautiful small rice bowl shaped wooden bowl. Available in my CarlFordWoodturner Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 06/2023, Turned Maple Crotch Wood, 5" Diameter, 3-1/4" Tall, 6 oz, Handmade Wood Art. A really nice small calabash shape bowl with a beaded rim. Turned out of maple crotch wood. A tree crotch is the point where two tree trunks meet. The wood grain in this area is beautiful. Available in my CarlFordWoodturner Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Made by Carl Ford. 9/2005, 5-1/4" Tall, 9-3/4" Diameter. An oldie that I still love.

Bowls - Natural

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Made by Carl Ford. 1/2021, Maple, 8-3/4" Diameter, 1-1/2 Thick, 10oz. I sold the first one of these on Etsy. I decided to make another one. This is a two sided piece. If you get tired of the front you can flip it over and admire the back. Two for the price of one. Available in my Etsy CarlFordWoodturner store. www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Made by Carl Ford. 11/2018, 2" Tall, 8" Diameter. Nick Agar style Viking Sunset Bowl that I made in 2018 after seeing Nick do a demo. Nick's process. My decoration pattern. For more info see my "Viking Sunset Bowl" blog entry at http://carlford.info/blog/2018/12/viking-sunset-bowl/
3/2021, Maple, 10-1/4" Wide, 1-1/4" Tall. This bowl says spring, Spring, SPRING! It also features a very nice natural maple center. Available in my Etsy CarlFordWoodturner store. www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/

Bowls - Painted

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Handmade by Carl Ford. 12/2022, Turned Maple Wood, 7-3/4" Wide, 10-1/4" Tall, 1-1/4" Thick, 13 oz, Handmade Wood Art Is it a squid or octopus? It's a create from the deep. Available in my CarlFordWoodturner Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Handmade by Carl Ford. 3/2023, Turned Maple Wood, 10" Wide, 1-1/4" Thick, 21 oz Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. Turned and carved maple wood. Colored with high quality acrylic paint and Chroma Guilt by Chroma Craft. The back is natural maple wood with a nice clear finish. Available in my CarlFordWoodturner Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Handmade by Carl Ford. 12/2022, Turned Maple Wood, 7-3/4" Wide, 10-1/4" Tall, 1-1/4" Thick, 13 oz, Handmade Wood Art I got into the groove and started to carve while listening to Seven Large by Euge Groove. When I got done the it reminded me of a Roulette Wheel. Available in my CarlFordWoodturner Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/

Bowls - Square

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Made by Carl Ford. 2/2012, Cherry, 8" Tall, 8" Wide, 1-3/8" Thick. I discovered a new way to carve big bold craters between my lines of sun shine. Sold for $350 at the Saturday Night Banquet Live Auction at the AAW National Symposium in Phoenix Arizona.
Handmade by Carl Ford. 12/2011, Cherry, 9-1/2" Wide, 7-1/2" Tall, 1-1/4" Thick. Black Milk Paint on Cherry Wood is magic! This piece really suggests that "Is it Bronze or Wood" question. The back features a completely different lathe carved texture.
Made by Carl Ford. 2/2012, Cherry, 1-1/2" Thick, 7-3/4" Wide, 8" Tall. Off Center Sort Of Square Bowl, Cherry Wood, Black Milk Paint, Hand Carved Textures, 1 My motivation for this piece was I wanted to make something with spirals and big dots. When I was done it reminded me of a "Creature From the Deep". Then I, decided to try something new. Make the piece trapezoidal shape rather than truly square. In my personal collection.

Bowls - Square - Milk Paint

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Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 2/2024, Turned Maple Wood, 10" Wide, 1-1/4" Thick, 22 oz. Handmade Wood Art This wide rim bowl features hand carved decoration with dazzling high quality red, orange, yellow and green wood dyes. The back features a nice textured surface with a clear finish.
Handmade by Carl Ford. 8/2022, Maple, 10" Wide, 1-1/4" Thick, 19 oz. I hand decorated the top of this wide rim bowl with a hand carved Unidentified Flying Object pattern and high quality white, turquoise, green and yellow paint. Will be available in my CarlFordWoodturner Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/ when it reopens in September 2022.
Made by Carl Ford. 8/2020, Maple, 9-1/2" Wide, 1-1/4" Thick, 13oz. The Jester pattern was hand carved on the front. The back is radically different than the front. Available in my Etsy CarlFordWoodturner store.

Bowls - Wide Rim - Carved

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Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 10/2023, Turned Maple Wood, 10" Wide, 1-1/4" Thick, 22 oz. This wide rim bowl features dazzling decoration on the wide rim with a nice little bowl in the middle. The rim was painted with high quality violet, turquoise, blue and gold iridescent acrylic paints. The back features a nice textured surface with a clear finish.
Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 10/2023, Turned Maple Wood, 10" Wide, 1-1/4" Thick, 22 oz. This wide rim bowl features dazzling decoration on the wide rim with a nice little bowl in the middle. The rim was painted with high quality violet, turquoise, blue and gold iridescent acrylic paints. The back features a nice textured surface with a clear finish.
Handmade by Carl Ford. 03/2020, Turned Maple Wood, 9-1/2" Wide, 1-1/2" Thick, 16 oz, Handmade Wood Art I hand decorated the wide rim top of this bowl with high quality iridescent turquoise, violet, blue and gold acrylic paint. The back is decorated with a nice beaded texture.

Bowls - Wide Rim - Iridescent

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Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 1/2023, Turned Maple Wood, 10" Wide, 1-3/4" Thick, 10 oz. I loved the natural Maple wood grain in the rim of this bowl. I just added some nice gold accents. The center features a really nice subtle gold spiral. The back is natural maple wood with a nice clear finish. Available in my CarlFordWoodturner Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Hand made by Carl Ford. 2/2006, Walnut, 8.5" Diameter, 1-1/4" Thick. Another oldie but goodie. I need to make more of these!
Made by Carl Ford. 8/2008, Maple, 9" Diameter, 1-3/4" Thick, 6oz. Available in my Etsy CarlFordWoodturner store. www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/

Bowls - Wide Rim - Natural

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Made by Carl Ford. 3/2021, Maple, 10" Wide, 1-3/8" Tall, 20 oz. Spring Has Sprung wide rim bowl with gold spiral in the center. Sold 4/13/21. Similar ones are available in my Etsy CarlFordWoodturner store. www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Made by Carl Ford. 12/2019, Maple, 9" Wide, 2" Thick, 23oz. The wide rim is decorated with high quality black web effect spray paint over high quality yellow and red acrylic paint. The bottom is also decorated and painted a nice golden color. Available in my Etsy CarlFordWoodturner store. www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Hand made by Carl Ford. 6/2006, Popular, 7-1/2" Diameter, 1-1/2" Tall. Acrylic paint. This is an old piece. If I did it today the wood burning would be a lot better. I got the idea for this design from some gourd art. I need to go back and make some more of these!

Bowls - Wide Rim - Painted

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Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 2/2024, Turned Maple Wood, 10" Wide, 1-1/4" Thick, 22 oz. Handmade Wood Art This wide rim bowl features hand carved spiral galaxy inspired decoration on a black background. The center features a real nice spiral in high quality red and gold acrylic paint. The back features a nice textured surface with a clear finish.
Made by Carl Ford. 5/2013, 2" Thick, 9" Diameter. Cherry wood. Power carved decoration. Black gesso. Semi gloss finish.
Made by Carl Ford. - 8/2011, Maple, 9-1/4" Wide, 1-1/4" Thick. My 1st Sgraffito Wide Rim Bowl. Power Carved Pattern. Turned in Al Stirt class at Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport Maine, 8/2011. I did this bowl to experiment with the techniques Al demonstrated in his class

Bowls - Wide Rim - Sgraffito

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Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. Yellow and Red Spin Art Wide Rim Bowl, 2/2024, Turned Maple Wood, 10" Wide, 1-1/4" Thick, 21 oz. This wide rim bowl features dazzling spin art decoration on the wide rim with a nice little bowl in the middle. The rim and bowl were hand decorated with high quality yellow, red and gold acrylic paint. The back features a nice textured surface with a clear finish. Available in my CarlFordWoodturner Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. Red and Gold Spin Art Wide Rim Bowl, 1/2024, Turned Maple Wood, 10" Wide, 1-1/4" Thick, 19 oz. This wide rim bowl features dazzling spin art decoration on the wide rim with a nice little bowl in the middle. The rim and bowl were hand decorated with high quality red, black, white, and gold acrylic paint. The back features a nice textured surface with a clear finish. Available in my CarlFordWoodturner Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 1/2024, Turned Maple Wood, 9-3/4" Wide, 1-1/4" Thick, 23 oz. This wide rim bowl features dazzling decoration on the wide rim and the nice little bowl in the middle. The rim and bowl were hand decorated with high quality yellow, orange, red, and black acrylic paint. Available in my CarlFordWoodturner Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/

Bowls - Wide Rim - Spin Art

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Handmade by Carl Ford. 2/2022, Maple, 9-3/4" Wide, 1-1/4" Thick, 18 oz. I carved and textured the rim on this wide rim bowl. Then I dyed it with magenta wood stain. I LOVE the color! The pattern was inspired by the work of Andrew Daniels. He just did a great demo for 2022 World Wide Woodturners Symposium. Available in my CarlFordWoodturner Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Made by Carl Ford. 12/2021, Maple, 10" Diameter, 1-1/1" Thick. I really like the way this bowl came out. It was inspired by the work of @robertoferrer_sculptor. Roberto was the featured artist in AAW 2021 Symposium Artist Showcase. He was interviewed by David Ellsworth. I purchased a YouTube demo from Robert. I really liked, what I call his flower pattern in one of his demos. I played around with it and simplified it. I also decided to play around and paint this bowl blue.
Made by Carl Ford. 12/2021, Maple, 10-1/2" Diameter, 1-1/4" Thick. I love the way this hand carved pattern reminds me of the sun on a wonderful sunny day. I mixed my own wood stains to create the wonderful warm brown color. The pattern was inspired by @fromaseed Youtube videos.

Bowls - Wide Rim - Stained

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Handmade by Carl Ford. 12/2022, Turned Maple Wood, 5-3/4" Wide, 1-1/2" Thick, 8 oz, Handmade Wood Art You can use both sides of these candle dishes. Two for the price of one. There is no top or bottom. One side holds a standard 7/8" diameter taper candle. The other side holds a standard 3" diameter pillar candle. I got the flyer saucer shape idea from Vito DeSario. Making the candle holder double sided was my idea.
Made by Carl Ford. 3/2005, Maple, 5-1/2" Wide, 9-3/4" Tall. I made this Candle Stick after taking a class with Michael Hosaluk. I really enjoyed the class with Michael. I still use the double bevel grind on my detail gouge, that I learned from Michael.
Made by Carl Ford. 3/2005, Maple, 4" Wide, 10" Tall. Another Candle Stick I made after a class with Michael Hosaluk.

Candle Sticks

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Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 02/2015, Poplar Wood. One of my best Bird House Christmas Tree Ornaments.
Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 12/2023, Cherry Wood. I recently discovered that turning Christmas Tree Ornaments out of solid wood is a lot of fun. You don't need to waste time and effort hollowing them out. For more info see my "Solid Wood Christmas Ornaments" blog entry. https://carlford.us/blog/2023/12/solid-wood-ornaments/
Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 12/2023, Cherry Wood, Sputnik Sea Urchin shell. Here are some of the Hollow Christmas Tree Ornaments that I made BEFORE I discovered making them out of solid wood was a lot easier and more fun. For more info see my "Solid Wood Christmas Ornaments" blog entry. https://carlford.us/blog/2023/12/solid-wood-ornaments/

Christmas

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Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. Tall Oxblood Bud Vase, 10/2018, Turned Black Birch Wood, 4" Diameter, 8-1/2" Tall, 19 oz. I turned this bud vase out of a freshly cut black birch tree and then stained it with oxblood color stain while it was still green. The splotchy color is what happened when it dried.
Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 3/2022, Turned Walnut Wood, 3" Diameter, 5" Tall, 5 oz. This one of a kind pencil can has great multi colored grain that is really brought out by the wire brushed texture in the middle. Available in my CarlFordWoodturner Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. Tall Maple Bud Vase with Beads, 2/2024, Turned Maple Wood, 3" Diameter, 8" Tall, 10 oz. A nice tall maple wood bud vase with accent beads.

Great Gifts

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Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 11/2012, Turned Cherry Burl Wood, Handmade Wood Art.
Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 12/2023, Black Birch & Maple Wood, Handmade Wood Art. My students want to make some bowls with undercut rims next year. Thus, I decided I should practice and make some samples. The wood blanks that I have are kind of small and tall. Thus, my bowls came out sort of cereal bowl shaped. But, now I am seeing that one of them is sort of a vintage Paul Revere silver bowl shape.
Handmade Wood Art by Carl Ford. 10/2023, Maple Wood, Acrylic & Iridescent Paint I decided it was time to revisit some of my old ideas and make new better versions. Now available in my CarlFordWoodturner Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/

Groups

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Made by Carl Ford. 5/2010, Ash. Black vase that I made during my metal spinning phase in 2010. Ash vases with spun copper lids. The copper was spun over an ash wood mold to create the ripples in the lids. In my personal collection.
Made by Carl Ford. 10/2010, 5-1/2" Tall , 3-3/4" Diameter. Spun Copper, Ash with Black Gesso, Cherry Finial, This piece looks like a Cindy Drozda piece. But, It it was actually inspired by a piece I saw at a glass show. Getting the copper lid to fit inside of groove in the ash base was tricky. Because wood moves with the weather (changes in moisture, etc) and copper does not move.
Made by Carl Ford. 2/2008. Metal Spinning, Aluminum, Walnut, Semi Gloss Finish. The one on the left is 10-1/2" tall by 4-1/2" diameter. The on right is 9-3/4" tall by 4-1/2" diameter. Turned in Terry Tynan class at Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield CT, 2/2008 This is one of the few cases where I was able to successfully marry metal spinning and woodturning.

Metal Spinning

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Made by Carl Ford. 6/2021, 19" Wide, 32" Tall Here is Carl Ford's Modern Lamp. My step by step process for making one appeared in the "American Woodturner" the Journal of the American Association of Woodturners, June 2021, vol 36, no 3. A link to the Journal article PDF is on my blog at http://carlford.info/blog/2021/08/modern-lamp/
Made by Carl Ford. 10/2008, Cherry Burl, 4-1/2" Wide, 3-1/2" Tall. Everyone turns Tea Pots. No one turns Tea Cups! What are all the tea pots being used for? I got the design for this piece out of a very old project book that I borrowed from someone. I would really like to look at that book again. If anyone knows the name of that book please let me known by leaving a comment with the book name. Thanks!
Made by Carl Ford. 3/2018 - Poplar, 2-3/8" Wide, 10-1/2" Tall, Acrylic Paint. Sooner or latter very woodturner needs to make a pepper mill. Here is mine. I decorated it with earth colors.

Other

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Made by Carl Ford. 3/2010, Cherry, 10" Wide, 1" Thick.
Made by Carl Ford. 3/2019, Cherry, 10" Diameter, 1" Thick, 9oz. The wood burned decoration on this piece was inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs. The finish is multiple coats of semi gloss polyurethane buffed to a baby bottom smooth finish. Available in my Etsy CarlFordWoodturner shop. www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Made by Carl Ford. 12/2012, Cherry, 7-1/2" Wide, 1" Thick I made this piece after seeing several demos by Harvey Fein. I purchased Harvey's router jig and made several pieces. Harvey is no longer selling his jig. But you can still find Harvey on the web at www.harveyfein.net

Plates - Natural

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Handmade by Carl Ford. 11/2022, Turned Maple Wood, 9-3/4" Wide, 1-1/4" Thick, 9 oz, Handmade Wood Art I visited Sicily Italy this summer. It was a great trip. I loved all of the pottery in Sicily! I decided to make something similar in wood. Available in my CarlFordWoodturner Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Made by Carl Ford. 12/2020, Maple, 1" Tall, 10" Diameter. I went into my studio yesterday. I wanted to make something new. I was inspired by the poinsettias in my kitchen. I came up with flower design on a plate. I decided to call it a Psychedelic Poinsettia. Available in my Etsy CarlFordWoodturner shop. https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlfordwoodturner/
Handmade by Carl Ford. 9/2022, Turned Maple Wood, 10" Wide, 1-1/4" Thick, 14 oz. The pattern on this plate is very loosely based on a Lotus Pod from a Lotus plant. I am CarlFordWoodturner on Instagram, Pinterest and Etsy. www.carlford.us is my web site.

Plates - Painted

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