You will enjoy using a rib like this one to work on your large platters and plates. Measuring around 13-3/4" long by 2-3/4" wide and 3/8" thick you can count on this rib to deliver graceful lines to your beautiful work.
I start with an idea and a beautiful piece of wood. After I cut out the design on my band saw I carefully refine the rib on my belt sander. Here is where I bring the rib to life with a finally detailed curve, and what is important to me is that there are no flat spots. I work on the shape of the rib until I am satisfied with the sweep of the curves. Lastly I hand rub the rib with a mixture of mineral oil and beeswax to bring out the inner beauty of the wood and to give it some protection.
In the finishing process I have hand rubbed this rib with a mixture of beeswax and mineral oil. The care and maintenance of your tools is important to their giving you complete satisfaction. They should not be left in your water pail or in the slurry bucket. At the end of a day of use your tools should be wiped down and set out to dry so you can continue to enjoy their beauty.