Alaskan Black Cottonwood Bowl-Sort of...

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-27-2011 09:22 PM 1766 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is kind of a bowl made from some black cottonwood driftwood from Alaska. I got the idea for this from Michael Roper’s pin oak natural edge bowl. I thought that I could make this cotton wood into a bowl if I glued a spigot on the back at the widest area of the piece, cut the biggest bowl and then cut off the spigot. It worked and it is a gift for my best friend’s widow who collected this wood when they were in Alaska for the summer.

The wood is very light and it really soaks up any finish. EEE polishing leaves it flat. It is finished with about 15 coats of a matte spray finish which gets to a satin if you build a lot of coats. I just wanted it to be consistent with out flat areas. I have made some refrigerator magnets and they needed the same treatment to shine at all.

This was an experiment to turn flatwork on the wood lathe.

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

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#1 posted 05-27-2011 09:36 PM

good job

-- wood takes time and effort... just like women

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#2 posted 05-27-2011 10:13 PM

Very nice Jim. I love how this piece has such a clean form inside of a rough and rugged piece of wood.
Beautiful finish, too. No doubt this piece will be well received.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#3 posted 05-27-2011 10:19 PM

Very cool piece!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#4 posted 05-27-2011 11:27 PM

Just shows how amazing wood is with just a bit of work. Neat piece.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 05-27-2011 11:52 PM

Nice job Jim, patience & persistence will generally win the day, this is another one of thoes Cinderella pieces transformed & ready for the ball. :)

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

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#6 posted 05-28-2011 12:10 AM

very pretty wood. what did you think of the aroma when working it?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 05-28-2011 01:42 AM

I like how you turned (pun intended) a simple piece of driftwood into a real work of art.
Good job.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#8 posted 05-28-2011 02:58 AM

Nice work of restoring, was always told never to waste any sort of wood. You brought that up great.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#9 posted 05-28-2011 06:29 AM

Jim, what a great lookin bowl! I love the shape and the wood!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#10 posted 05-28-2011 06:00 PM

I love it, that is so elegant.
Best thoughts,

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

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#11 posted 05-29-2011 02:40 AM

A great piece Jim.

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

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#12 posted 05-29-2011 05:34 AM

love the look of it

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#13 posted 05-29-2011 03:01 PM

I like the way you had it turn out. I bet you busted a knuckle or 2 whith that piece going around. Bet it will be happily recieved. Welldone my friend!!

-- Adam ~ ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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#14 posted 05-29-2011 05:56 PM

Hi Adam. Actually it never got me. I stayed on the tail stock end pretty well. I was worried about it so I glued on a piece of oak for the spigot. I ran it up to half speed and then slowed it for sanding and did all the finishing out of the lathe. It did whirl a bit. I thought I might need to tape on a counter weight but then I thought the tape will give way and I’ll be wearing it. I have a switch on the right side of the lathe just in case it might come loose.

It worked out better than I thought and gives me ideas for other flat shock I have that is too odd shaped for anything else. Thanks for looking!! And thank you all for all the nice comments…......Jim

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

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#15 posted 05-31-2011 12:04 PM

Hi Jim, all I can think of is WOW, very interesting piece here.

Thanks for sharing Jim (dont forget Mom’s bird house).

-- When you know better you do better.

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