Bowl of Fire #56

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-18-2012 06:55 PM 2366 views 1 time favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was cleaning up the barn and sorting logs that I want to keep and those that have cracked too much to be of any good. There was this slab from a Box Elder tree that I have been tripping over for months and I was going to burn it because it was cracked and delaminating in pieces. I cut it in half and thought it might have one good bowl in it. The piece I started with was about 4” thick but I could soon see that half of that would be flying off the lathe at me so I chiseled the loose part off and this is what was left. Before turning the inside, I had to load the cracked area with West System epoxy and it stayed intact to finish it.
It finished at 8 3/4” dia and 1 7/8” high. It is coated with clear lacquer and waxed.

The last shot shows the rest of the log that this bowl came from. Nothing solid on it except the sap wood.


-- 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 11-18-2012 06:59 PM

That is a COOL HOT Bowl!

Very nice…

Thank you.

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

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#2 posted 11-18-2012 07:01 PM

That is the best-looking piece of box elder I’ve seen. Nice save with the epoxy stabilizing.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 11-18-2012 07:08 PM

What a great save Jim. That is a gorgeous bowl.

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#4 posted 11-18-2012 07:10 PM

Jim, Nice piece of wood! Great bowl!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 11-18-2012 07:29 PM

Wow that’s a winner ,beautiful,a extra fine turning.

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#6 posted 11-18-2012 07:52 PM

Nice job Jim. I like Box Elder though it isn’t real easy to work with.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 11-18-2012 08:09 PM

Nice wood and turning.

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

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#8 posted 11-18-2012 08:36 PM

Man! You’re a really good woodturner! I really like the different colors of the bowl! Keep up the amazing work!

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#9 posted 11-18-2012 09:16 PM

You never know what is hiding inside any piece of wood until it give it a try. You picked a winner this time but you always do. Hope you and family has a great Thanksgiving holiday.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#10 posted 11-18-2012 10:00 PM

Great work Jim! I need to cut down some trees on the property and get some bowl blanks from them. One tree will last me months! Lol! Which kind to choose, maple, oak, walnut, butternut – the list goes on forever!

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#11 posted 11-18-2012 10:13 PM

Beautiful save Jim. That is very pretty wood and a bowl to treasure.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#12 posted 11-18-2012 10:21 PM


Well done on the bowl and the save.


-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#13 posted 11-18-2012 10:23 PM

Thanks you all for the nice comments. I’ll be gone for a few days and you all have a very happy Thanksgiving!
Time to thank God for all the talent he has bestowed on us to share with others!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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#14 posted 11-18-2012 10:40 PM

Us woodies are very luck that we get to play with such a “flexible” material that you can (if you have the skill) mould & shape to your liking.
Well done on the rescue Jim, would have been a shame to have thown it in the fire box.

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

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#15 posted 11-18-2012 11:08 PM

“I went down down down into the bowl of fire…” Sorry, couldn’t resist the Johnny Cash reference. That is one cool looking bowl. I have some box elder from my brother’s property over in Dexter, stored at his place hope he doesn’t charge me rent, and I hope it has that same red grain in it that yours does.

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