Jacaranda Root Bowl

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Project by BobWemm posted 04-23-2013 12:00 PM 1050 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In early August last year some people around the corner from us cut down a Jacaranda Tree. I salvaged a few pieces from the trunk and bigger limbs, but never thought about the root/stump. A few days later I saw the people outside as I was passing so stopped to ask about the Stump. They were quite happy for me to dig out whatever I wanted. Shortly I was there with the shovel and chain saw. I managed to get about 18inches of the main trunk/stump piece from underground.
I rough turned two pieces immediately and packed them away in 2 cardboard boxes with the green shavings all around, then slid the boxes under the caravan in the shed. The idea was to allow them o dry more slowly as the moisture was released from the boxes.
Friday last week I opened the first box and the piece had only warped about 1/8 in and there were no cracks at all.
The piece is finished with Krylon clear varnish, and it has retained some of the green color around the root bases. The grain is very nice and I just love it.
It measures 8.5in x 4.5in.

Thanks for looking, and hope you like it.


-- 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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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 12:32 PM

Jacaranda tree! This is very interesting to me. First let me say the bowl is beautiful very nice work! The grain is very nice in this piece. I love it!
When I read Jacaranda here, I though back when I was trying to grow about 20 Jacaranda tree’s here in North Florida. Come to find out our winters have a few days where the temps go below the tolerances of that species. I was able to maintain them for about 3 years before an unusually cold spell killed them. The flowers this tree produces are so beautiful and I only had one tree that got that far before the cold got to it.
It was nice to see that you got to make something from that old Jacaranda stump! Nice work Bob!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 10:47 PM

Hey Bob, I don’t know as much about the Jacaranda as Tony does, but I do know a beautiful project when I see one, this even goes beyond what we talked about. I like the grain in the wood, it has a creamy kind of see thru appearance, and very much looks similar to some of the fancy grade hard maple around here. Is it that hard, or harder? Very well done, as is the other project that you posted from the same wood.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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Bob Collins

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#3 posted 04-24-2013 12:06 AM

Makes your work with the shovel well worth while Bob. Nice turning bringing the stump to a piece of art.

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

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Jim Sellers

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#4 posted 04-24-2013 12:12 AM

That is REALLY nice Bob. Like the way you gather your resources. That root base just below the trunk is always the prettiest but most difficult to attain. Interesting details. Thanks.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#5 posted 04-25-2013 04:14 PM

Spectacular bowl! The wood is really gorgeous with lots of character. Outstanding work!

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