China Berry Urn w/ lid

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 1279 days ago 1597 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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#1 posted 1279 days ago

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 1279 days ago

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 1278 days ago

Great shape & nice wood well turned.

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

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#4 posted 1278 days ago

Nice work, like the grain pattern.

-- Paul

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#5 posted 1278 days ago

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

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

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#6 posted 1278 days ago

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

-- wchips

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#7 posted 1254 days ago

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

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 1208 days ago

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

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