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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-19-2016 11:43 PM 1287 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked if I wanted a whole box elder tree that my friend John P had at the saw mill. I had talked to John N at our picnic and told him to be on the lookout for red in a box elder tree and he brought this one to the saw mill. This pot was a test piece off the very bottom of the tree. I also have one log that I will make each of them something from the tree . The 4th photo is the end cut of that log. I’m thinking some of the tree should be cut into boards to make a some book matched projects

This pot was very wet when I turned it and so it warped in the drying process. It is 3 1/2” high and 3 1/4 x 3 1/2 oval . It is finished with Danish Oil and clear matte spray.

I’m debating on cutting their pieces complete and having them also warp or roughing them out and finish turning next year so they wind up truly round.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 07-19-2016 11:46 PM

Great colour in that one Jim. Nicely done.

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

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#2 posted 07-20-2016 12:06 AM

That’s gorgeous! I love that wood!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-20-2016 12:12 AM

Ya just Gotta LUV that wood. It is my favourite of all the timbers.
Great job Jim.
Thanks for sharing

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 07-20-2016 12:29 AM

That wood is just AWESOME!!

A sensational Mother Nature’s glue up!


My first thought was… “Oh a Spittoon” ... until I saw the dimensions! LOL

Nice POT!

Keep this up… and you will be Selling Pot! LOL

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

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#5 posted 07-20-2016 01:59 AM

Beautiful wood Jim. I like the curled shape on the opening. Did you follow the curve of the outside wall when hollowing the inside?
Very interesting markings on picture 4. Did you actually get the whole tree?

Very nicely done Jim.



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

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#6 posted 07-20-2016 02:05 AM

Nice pot! I love that red in the wood. One of my woodcarving classmates brought in a bowl that he turned many years ago that got all out of round after it dried. He put it in a vat of turpentine with a weight on it, and left it to sit for a while (I don’t recall how long he said, atm). It is nice and round after that treatment which, IIRC, was over 20 years ago.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 07-20-2016 02:11 AM

You are going to get some nice projects out of this lot Jim, nice start with the pot, like the markings around the neck.
Look forward to seeing more.

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

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#8 posted 07-20-2016 02:28 AM

Looks nice Jim, warped or not!! Really eye catching grain there. I like the colors.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#9 posted 07-20-2016 03:23 AM

You lucky devil Jim, don’t get that BE down our way, it always comes up so pretty, real nice shape to that we pot :)

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

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#10 posted 07-20-2016 04:24 AM

Love the colour just beautiful and what is wrong with a bit of warp it adds character .


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 07-20-2016 05:38 AM

The grain is beautiful John and your design choice is spot on.

-- 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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#12 posted 07-20-2016 06:21 AM

Really, really like the shape…............

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#13 posted 07-20-2016 07:10 AM

Well Jim, I have to agree with everyone’s comments on how well you did on this one. You’ve brought out the unique colouration of an interesting piece of wood. As for the oval shape . . . I would suggest that you simply let your viewers try to figure out what sort of special technique you have developed to deliberately create oval turnings. ;)
Nicely done. It’s a keeper.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#14 posted 07-20-2016 08:13 AM

Well done, Looks great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 07-20-2016 08:46 AM

Self-designed pieces have a charm all their own, Jim. I wouldn’t change this, if you held a gun to my head.

-- Mark

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