Fruitplate n. 1
Woodturned crossgrain mountain maple plate (the wood was harvested in the mountains above Cortona several years ago); the base of the plate is also hollowed out. The diameter of the plate is 22 cm.
The cherries are turned from Brazilian tulipwood (Dalbergia frutescens).
The two fruit pieces are varnished with the french polishing technique, which takes over a month to complete - sometimes up to three. ("The French Finish dates back at least three centuries and is the finest finish known and probably the most beautiful of all. This finish is acquired with shellac and raw linseed oil, building up coat after coat. The work is painstaking and tedious. It requires time, patience, and skill. You are given but a brief outline of how the work is done, from the standpoint of knowledge, rather than for practical use, as most refinishers look up to this finish with high regard. It is sometimes called the "Lost Art" of finishes." The Complete Book of Furniture Repair and Refinishing by Ralph Parson Kinney - 1950).
The leaf of the apple is hand forged silver, a 21 step process.