This week I’ve been making serving trays, in line with the “beautiful, useful or preferably both” motto.
The thing about trays these days is they’ve become more useful than beautiful - boring plastic utilitarian things that just don’t do it aesthetically. So I thought it was time to remedy matters.
I wanted something that was simple but nice to hold, with some subtle curves to draw in the eye and, since trays spend most of their life propped up against a wall, an interesting design.
The base is black walnut veneer and the design inlaid with beech shaded with hot sand.
This is proper hands-on traditional veneer inlay - none of your soul-less computer-generated laser engraving here.
This is put in a vacuum press and uses the weight of the atmosphere to achieve about 1 1/2 tons of pressure. Quite impressive.
The design is a Celtic Triquetra or Trinity Knot, one of the oldest Celtic symbols, which has several meanings showing our inter-connectedness to life, nature and each other:-
The Holy Trinity; Body, Mind and Spirit; Earth, Sea and Sky; Maiden, Mother, Crone; etc.
But the one I like the best is the three promises to your loved one: Love, Honour and Protect.
And as such is traditionally given as gift at engagements, weddings and anniversaries.
So instead of serving tea on a so-so plastic tray, you can present your offerings on something quite special, that’s nice to look at even when it’s not in use.
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These are available to order and I can inlay custom designs/ logos within reason. Contact me to discuss.