Box Elder Vase

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-15-2016 11:41 PM 824 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the other half of that long grain piece of box elder that became a pot. I was going to turn this into a hollow sphere but it had a big crack across it and I had to turn it from 7 1/2” to 4” to clean the majority of it out.
I also wanted to make a vase for quite a while to display the beautiful wood roses that were a gift from LJ Arlin Eastman. I was looking for that special piece of wood and this showed up!! Thank you Arlin!!!!

The vase is 4” diameter at the base and 6 1/2” high. It has been bored to a square corner hole in the bottom with just a bedan. It is finished with clear lacquer.

-- 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 09-15-2016 11:47 PM


The Color is great!

How did you turn those flowers? :)
... and you probably DID! :)

Thank you!

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

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#2 posted 09-16-2016 12:09 AM

The box elder is a great choice for vase. The flame sets off the roses. Well done. I have 3 box elder projects that need just a bit more drying before finishing.

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

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#3 posted 09-16-2016 12:19 AM

That came out real nice Jim, like the way the red flame goes up the vase. Well done, did you do the roses?

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

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#4 posted 09-16-2016 01:44 AM

That’s gorgeous, Jim! Love the way the pink rose ties the colors of the Elder all together.

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

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#5 posted 09-16-2016 03:00 AM

That is nice Jim. Special vase for special roses. Colors are great !

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

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#6 posted 09-16-2016 03:20 AM

Takes my breath away James

-- Mark

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#7 posted 09-16-2016 03:25 AM

Good result Jim.

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

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#8 posted 09-16-2016 03:47 AM

Nice shape to the vase and great piece of wood Jim!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 09-16-2016 04:22 AM

Beautiful vase! Great display of your and Arlin’s handiwork!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 09-16-2016 05:34 AM

Really beautiful. If I had only seen the first 2 photos, without knowing what the material was, I would have guessed that this was made in marble. Lovely finish, and perfect for the roses.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#11 posted 09-16-2016 09:12 AM

Oh Man, I love that Box Elder.
It has to be my favourite timber.
Shame it doesn’t grow here.
Love the finish too.


-- 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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#12 posted 09-16-2016 11:46 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments.
The roses are wood and were made by LJ Arlin Eastman and a gift to my wife .
I promised him I’d make a vase for them!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#13 posted 09-16-2016 02:09 PM

Lovely vase. At first glance it looks like some type of polished stone. Beautiful work.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#14 posted 09-16-2016 04:31 PM

I am amazed at the color and grain that the Box Elder turns out. Really beautiful piece of work.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#15 posted 09-16-2016 05:04 PM

Tht’s what I call character building – turning failed project into something nice.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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