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China Berry Urn w/ lid

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 01-27-2011 05:48 AM 1677 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small urn that I turned from a log that I was told was Chinaberry. I have never see it before and it turned out to have some outstanding grain pattern. The lid was made from a couple of discarded spiggots from some bracelets and the top knob is black walnut.
The urn holds about a half cup of ashes- big enough for a small cat I would guess.
There is a China berry tree coming down in the park at the end of this winter and I have requested about 4 logs from it.

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





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peteg

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 07:29 AM

lovely little piece Jim, never heard of Chinaberry, but would’t mind some to play with gfreat grain, one of thoese woods that changes befroe your eyes as you turn,
nice finishing

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

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 03:54 PM

Jim, I too have never heard of Chinaberry. Do you know if it is just native to your part of the country? This is a great little project and the grain in beautiful as is you turning and finish!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 11:28 PM

Great shape & nice wood well turned.

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

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 01:14 AM

Nice work, like the grain pattern.

-- Paul

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#5 posted 01-28-2011 03:11 AM

Wauu, beautiful burl.
In china they eat the cats…
I have been turning today and was thinking of you,
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 01-28-2011 05:14 AM

Jim I have nor herd of Chinaberry eather Butiful wood and nice pece urn you turned

-- wchips

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#7 posted 02-21-2011 02:42 AM

a little late on the draw (sorry) i too love the grain pattern

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 04-07-2011 08:42 PM

Around here Chinaberry is considered trash wood. It grows like a weed, sucks TONS of water out of the ground, and isn’t typically considered a woodworking material. Seeing your urn makes me want to rethink that. LOTS of that stuff gets shredded and burned around here daily…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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