"Charger plates or service plates are larger decorative plates used to dress up dinner tables at parties, weddings, and other special events. While the charger plates have been around since the 19th century, they returned to popularity in the late `90s. Since food is not actually served on chargers, they are often called underplates or chop plates. The word "charger" originated around 1275 - 1325 from the Middle English "chargeour". Formerly, a charger signified either a large platter or a large, shallow dish for liquids." Quoted from Wikipedia.
Jim first started making chargers from recycled dock cedar from "Cottage Country", Canada. Now he makes them in the various woods that he has on hand. His chargers are just under 14" in diameter and are roughly 1 1/4" deep. Some chargers, like the dock wood ones, are natural or original edge while the rest have finished rims. Although these pieces all have a food safe finish, they are not recommended for direct contact with food. As discussed above, Jim's chargers are designed to go under a 10" dinner plate and to be used in that way.
Jim and Hopson Grace sell the chargers for the same price regardless of material or quantity. Not all woods are available at all times. Please contact Jim for more information. Click on any image below to see a larger photo, more information and purchase availability. See below for information on personalizing these pieces.
Personalize your purchase
If you place an order for a charger from Jim's studio he will personalize it for you with your own message. This is included in the price. As you can see, there is plenty of room on most chargers for a detailed message - the possible exception being wormy butternut.
Jim names all his pieces. He adds his personal JL mark and two numbers which represent the month and year that the piece was made. He also adds the wood used and puts on his name and studio location.
Jim enjoys working with his customers to produce that uniquely personal piece that will be treasured for years to come.
To purchase one or more chargers from Jim, please contact him directly. You can discuss what you want to say on each piece.