This is a large White Oak platter, measuring 14.75″ in diameter. This platter was carefully crafted by hand on my lathe. It has a durable, food-safe finish. This platter could be used as a serving tray, be filled with ornaments and pine cones over the holidays, or just be admired as a decorative display piece.
The color and grain of this wood is quite lovely, rustic, and distinctly oak. Properly cared for, this platter will last for generations. Sturdy enough for daily use, beautiful enough for display.
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White Oak (Quercus alba) is native to the eastern United States. The grain is straight with a coarse, uneven texture. Quartersawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns. White Oak is strong, beautiful, rot-resistant, and easy-to-work, representing an exceptional value to woodworkers. It’s no wonder that the wood is so widely used in cabinet and furniture making.
Common Uses for White Oak include: Cabinetry, furniture, interior trim, flooring, boatbuilding, barrels, and veneer.
Trivia: White Oak is the state tree of Connecticut, Illinois, and Maryland.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, nor on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
History: The wood for this bowl was salvaged from a massive White Oak tree that once stood on a farm here in Delaware, not far from our home. The tree came down in a storm in 2018.