Madrone Bracelet

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-18-2014 01:25 PM 1789 views 0 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had heard of madrone wood from a guy who lives in Oregon and he told me he was going to bring me some for 5 years and never did. So we were recently in Washington state and drove through this forest with all kinds of madrone trees and my son’s girlfriend found an old branch that had broken off a tree and we brought it home. I told her I would make a bracelet out of it for her and here it is. It has a 2.7” ID , 3.4” OD and is 1.1” wide .
It was finished with the 3 step buffing system …...the last being carnuba wax.

I had to make it cross grain because the branch had a split down the center and I just used one side of the crack.

I added 2 photos of a madrone tree. This is the first time I had seen one when I knew what it was. It is red and stands out in a cedar forest and the bark falls off in thin paper like strips.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 09-18-2014 01:53 PM

Beautiful bracelet with a cool history which makes it more memorable every time she wears it.
Nice job brother.

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#3 posted 09-18-2014 01:56 PM

ive got some here that im waiting for the right project, and seeing this sure makes me want to get into it, very pretty wood…i love the warmth, and of course jim you did a splendid job of this bracelet, you always do so well at what you do, maybe someday ill get there to…

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#4 posted 09-18-2014 02:36 PM

Pretty grain, Jim. How was it to turn? How heavy is it? Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 09-18-2014 03:02 PM

Very nicely done! Beautiful wood and worksmanship.

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#6 posted 09-18-2014 03:13 PM

Nice one Jim.

Madrone (or Arbutus as we call it in Canada) is one of my favorite woods. I’ve made everything from workbench parts to my hand planes out of it and a lot of other things in between. It is beautiful and a treat to work with and you’ve done it proud in this bracelet.

I love the wood but anyone who has one of the trees in their yard (as I do) will tell you that they are a lot of work. They shed bark, leaves, and berries at various times of the year.

The sad end of the story is that there is a disease ripping through the population right now and there are a lot of dead and dying trees evident throughout its range.

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

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#7 posted 09-18-2014 03:29 PM

Beautiful Jim, the wood tone has a warm look to it.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 09-18-2014 03:51 PM

That’s good work Jim. It’s on my list to mike one of these some day. Allways a good thing to find a special piece of lumber anywhere,anytime.
Roomer has it that the branch that was broken off was 9’’ in diameter and 30’’ long. ha ha ha. Just kidding.

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#9 posted 09-18-2014 04:12 PM

That is a beautiful bracelet. Jim. You’re a fine woodworker and are always doing something different.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 09-18-2014 04:18 PM

Very NICE!

Funny… in looking at that branch, the upper portion looks like Manzanita…

COOL wood!

That will make a lot of something… :)
... I’m sure you will use it wisely… :)

Thank you!

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#11 posted 09-18-2014 05:06 PM

Great looking bracelet

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#12 posted 09-18-2014 05:11 PM


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#13 posted 09-18-2014 05:36 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments! This was not the only piece I found. When we went to a festival in Oak Harbor I met a wood turner who also has a saw mill. I visited him on they way back from the Port Townsend ferry and bought one log from him. It is about 20” dia and 20” long. weighs over 100#. So there must be some big madrone trees out there. I also got a piece of alder from a guy cutting firewood. I have my wood scope up while traveling!!!
Hi Candy. It is very easy to turn. Nice tight grain wood. It is a bit on the heavy side compared to oak but not bad. I just looked it up : Pine is 26 #/ cu ft, oak is 44.2#/cu ft Madrone is 50#/cu ft dried!

Hi Paul. I guess you are in the heart of madrone in BC. I saw a ton of it along the coast. Too bad about the disease but you may have a glut of it if the trees are dying! That’s a shame.

Hi Joe. I also thought it looked like manzanita when I first saw it.
I have to show you all the sitka spruce trees I saw along the coast south of La Push. They have burls on them!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 09-18-2014 05:39 PM


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#15 posted 09-18-2014 06:16 PM

Nice bracelet. It sounds like you an interesting road trip. The burls on the spruce trees are fascinating.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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