This piece is made from Blackwood, Acacia melanoxylon, a tree native to Australia. It was given to me by a friend when I was visiting.


I chose to carve this piece of Blackwood into a sea turtle shell, because the temperatures of the world are rising, and when a sea turtle lays eggs, the sex of a turtle is determined by the incubation temperature. Normally a 50/50 ratio is reached at 29ºC or 84.2ºF. If the temperature is higher, more females are hatched, if it's lower, more males. There is a concern that as global temperatures rise more and more females will be born and fewer males, thus disrupting the population of  these important animals.


This piece is a reminder of the interconnection of everything. Water, humans, turtles... every choice we make has a wider impact. It can be positive or negative. We must chose wisely.


The shell is approximately 12 inches long and 9 inches wide. It comes with a handmade ring on which it sits to make a more secure platter. The cordage ring is made of western red cedar bark Thuja plicata (yet another aquisition from travels) and dogbane Apocynum cannabinum. The shell was handmade and finished with a non-toxic oil/citrus solvent mixture. After use, please gently wash and dry. Do not put it in a dishwasher.

Sea Turtle Serving Platter

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