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Making A Serving Tray

My trays are made from various species of wood. The main surface is one eigth of an inch lower than the outer portion to prevent liquid from spilling over the edge. I use different kinds of materials for inlays. I often use Turquoise, Red Coral, Copper Splash and Seashells. The handles are made from either Antler Sheds or I hand carve them. They are attached in a way that does not use screws through the bottom and will remain strong through the life of the tray. It is a method that took me years to develop and a secret I guard closely. Next, I sand through seven grits to a glass smooth surface. I then hand rub a food safe finish that brings out the color and grain in the wood.

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