Surprise and challenge from New Zealand #1: Matai miniatures

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Blog entry by Jim Jakosh posted 05-18-2013 02:47 AM 1789 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I received this unexpected package in the mail from LJ Peteg in New Zealand. Inside was a miniature vase and a miniature cone shaped hollow vessel. The vase is the gift which is a twin to one that Pete made for a challenge on another site. Thank you very much, Pete. It is just gorgeous. I really like the detail you put around the rim.

These pieces were made from NZ native Matai wood which is now a protected species. Along with the pieces was a 2×2x8 block of Matai from which the two were made.
The challenge is to create a piece from the Matai to either support or suspend the hollow vessel. I’m not good at little things like that but I accept the challenge!!

Thanks again, Mate


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 05-18-2013 03:13 AM

wow jim, you are the lucky one….pete’s work is worthy for any mantle

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 05-18-2013 03:37 AM

That is really SMALL work!

COOL work…

Wonderful work…

Enjoy… the work.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 05-18-2013 04:19 AM

Jim, I didn’t ncessarily mean for you to use the block to make a stand / support, but ratherfor you to have a go at a couple of small pieces of your own design. & use any old thing to support the little bullet style (old piece of wire, ali, branch of a tree or whatever.
Whatever you do with it just enjoy a piece of timber you probably nev er see again, turn it fast Jim, 2500rpm at least.
Cheers mate & have fun ::))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 05-18-2013 05:02 AM

This is a great post … Two of my best buddies.

Good for both of you.

Gotta love this forum !

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 05-18-2013 09:35 AM

Nice! I will be interesting to see what you come up with Jim.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 05-18-2013 11:40 AM

Hi Pete. Okay on the holder, but I plan to incorporate some Matai in it. I dreamed about that little bugger last night. You have my brain going now. Thanks, Mate


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 05-18-2013 12:08 PM

Jim, nothing like a challenge. I know your up to it. Surprised you slept or dreamed at all last night. I think they call those little buggers widgets. Sounds like a 1/2’’ bedan project to me. lol Make Pete and the rest of us proud. As they say, break a leg, or good luck turning.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 05-18-2013 12:26 PM

Very nice gesture Pete and some beautiful work that you do as always. I know Jim will put much thought into what to do with this wood and will come up with something very creative. Can’t wait to see it.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#9 posted 05-19-2013 01:38 AM

Lucky you Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 05-19-2013 09:19 AM

Pete I didn’t realise they were so small but I’me sure Jim will come up with an answer to the challenge.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#11 posted 05-20-2013 07:49 PM

Very nice and can’t wait to see your finished result.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#12 posted 05-25-2013 12:53 PM

Wow! That’s some small turnings

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 06-08-2013 12:02 PM

The piece you were sent is just a fantastic piece. When you brought it to the guild meeting I loved it. Looks like a fun challenge

-- Ron Campbell

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#14 posted 06-08-2013 01:04 PM

Hi Ron, that is why this Lumberjocks site is so special to me. I have met the best friends on here and although I have never met them in person, I feel like I’ve known them for years and love to share wood experiences with any of them. Pete is such a super turner I felt this was a real honor to get this challenge from him.
I have never thought I could turn very well and I said when I grow up I want to be like Dick Wilson, my mentor from the start.
I learn from all the folks on here and will share any knowledge I have with any of them!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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