Osage Orange Bowl #76

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-26-2014 10:49 PM 1355 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bowl I made from an Osage Orange log that someone brought to our November guild meeting last year.
It is 8” x 3” high and has a 1/4” wall so it is heavier than what I’ve turned in the past. I dug it out of the chip barrel this week and decided to finish it.

It is finished with EEE and Shellawax.

There was one crack in it and I filled it with Epoxy before the final sand.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 04-26-2014 11:29 PM

Beautiful Bowl. I like the grain patterns and color of osage orange.

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#2 posted 04-26-2014 11:52 PM

Nice bowl Jim.
You know how much I like Osage Orange.

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

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#3 posted 04-26-2014 11:58 PM

Great looking bowl from one of my very favorite woods! We call it hedge or Bois de Arc where I live.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 04-27-2014 12:10 AM

Nice looking bowl Jim, nice finish. I’m also a fan of osage orange and at the moment have some spiral shells in progress each with 30 or more segments.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#5 posted 04-27-2014 12:19 AM

Its a beauty!!!!

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#6 posted 04-27-2014 12:40 AM

You really brought the beauty with this one Jim. I turned one when I first got into turning and although I thought my tools were sharp, it looked like mustard powder all around the lathe.

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

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#7 posted 04-27-2014 01:06 AM

Yep… it’s a COOL Beauty! :)

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#8 posted 04-27-2014 01:56 AM

I particularly like the rounded shape when viewing bowl from underneath, it really shows the effort you have put in to shaping the bowl. Then when viewing it from upright position the balance of the curves are fully appreciated….......and what lovely timber to work with, those colours and grain patterns are superb.

Just curious, on the bottom of the bowl where you signed it, what causes the colour change and the grain patterns to vanish? Would that be because that is the very end grain.

By the way, the 1/4 inch wall was a good choice, it suits the shape of the bowl.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#9 posted 04-27-2014 02:20 AM

That is a beauty JIM
Love the grain and colour of the wood and the finish is a excellent choice for this .

-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 04-27-2014 02:46 AM

Nice looking bowl!

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#11 posted 04-27-2014 03:50 AM

Love the bowl, one of these days jam going to fire up the lathe.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#12 posted 04-27-2014 11:52 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. My wife just rolled her eyes and said “another bowl”? I relax making anything on the lathe.

Hi Cliff, I had to take a look at it again. The bottom is just the side of the grain. It is totally plain and it is close to that on the bottom inside the bowl with just a little curve showing. It is like turning plywood at that point. The pattern does not show up until you cut a curve into it. I’m going to demo that at the high school next week on a block of plywood I’ve laid up.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#13 posted 04-27-2014 01:31 PM

Very attractive bowl. We used the same wood for fence posts when I was growing up because it was long lasting and hard. I would imagine it wasn’t the easiest turning you’ve done due to the toughness of the wood, but it sure turned out nicely.

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#14 posted 04-27-2014 02:44 PM

I can relate to your wife’s comment. I spend days making a fancy box and more days on the finish, bring it in the house, and get: “another box for me to dust”.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 04-27-2014 03:50 PM

Jim, I love how you got that grain to pop. Beautiful bowl sir!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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