In a previous existence I worked as a scientist, and I have called this piece 'The Big Bang' because, as I worked on it, it seemed to resembles the picture I have in my mind's eye of the theoretical chaotic beginning of the universe known as the 'big bang', and the subsequent formation of the celestial bodies which are even now being hurled outwards into space in an ever expanding universe.
‘The Big Bang’ is made of 237 different pieces of wood, each turned to fit precisely in a hole drilled through the original block from which the platter was made. It is not marquetry - the different pieces go all the way through, and the reverse is a perfect mirror image of the front. As the various pieces were inserted the block had to be planed flat so that more holes could be drilled, overlapping the previous ones. Gradually the inserts built up and overlapped until none of the original block remained and the centre was composed entirely of these circles of wood in a multitude of different colours and textures representing the 47 different species I used. Once this stage was completed the finished block could be mounted on the lathe and made into a platter just like any other block of wood - except that the consequences of making an error would be the loss of nearly two years work.