Pistachio Crotch Bowl #77

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 116 days ago 1036 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the only piece of pistachio crotch wood that I could find on the scrap pile at Dead Tree Salvage in Casa Grande. It had two limbs that were much smaller than the trunk thus the big difference in heart wood showing in the center. The limbs show up as 1” dia. spots. The fact that most of it is sap wood is because I turned it too deep. I turned most of the heart wood out of it, but I wanted to complete it and had to add some black epoxy in a few torn out spots. A bit of carving was needed too. I usually like symmetrical pieces but sometimes the wood determines its final shape. The color shows that this was a male pistachio tree.

It is 9” x 2 1/2” high.

It was buffed with Tripoli and White Diamond but some of the gray area stayed dull during the buffing, so I wet sanded it all over again and finished it with clear matte spray.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 116 days ago


That is ONE SUPER COOL Bowl!

Great Freeform….

You outdid yourself on this one, Jim!

Super! :)

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

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#2 posted 116 days ago

nice job Jim.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#3 posted 116 days ago

This looks great Jim. The odd shaped ones are often the most interesting and arty, like this one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 116 days ago

Real character piece of timber Jim, great result :)

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

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#5 posted 116 days ago

Outstanding—perhaps your nicest yet.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 116 days ago

Thanks. Guys. You’re too nice!! This one will go the art festival.
I just can’t get away from that lathe!!


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

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#7 posted 116 days ago

Beautiful !!!

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

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#8 posted 116 days ago

Great lookin piece Jim!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 116 days ago

Very nice piece Jim. Stick with the lathe, the lathe is your friend.

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

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#10 posted 116 days ago

Really like this one, I seem to be drawn more to pieces where the wood defines the shape. Excellent job on this.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#11 posted 115 days ago

That has come up very nicely Jim, should go well at the show.

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

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#12 posted 115 days ago

Ideal project for the show. I am sure it will generate a lot of interest. I also find it fascinating that the wood determines the shape.

Oh Boy!!! I can’t wait to have a go at a bowl myself. Your work always inspires me Jim.



-- Cliff Australia

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#13 posted 115 days ago

Another nice one, Jim! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 115 days ago

Thanks Mike, Chuck, Dave,Bill, Bob, Cliff and Candy!!!!!!!!
One of our guild members, Ron Dibble, demonstrated the first crotch bowl I have ever seen turned and since then I have my barn full of crotch wood. No one wants it for anything else. Even the firewood guys throw it away because it is not a straight piece they can split.

I’m still learning the best way to orient it when starting. This piece had a chunk broken out of the bottom so I only had one way to load it safely.

I hope some buyer sees some art in this piece!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#15 posted 115 days ago

Very nice bowl Jim and beautiful wood and as always nicely turned. thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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