Ringed Burl Vase

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 490 days ago 920 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at turning a burl. someone gave me this small walnut burl this winter and I had no idea what to do with it. I saw one turned into a vase at our turners guild meeting so I thought that what it will be.

This one almost did not make it when it broke through that hole. I taped up the outside to keep it solid and to avoid a lot more chatter. I left kind of floating ring on the outside and it seemed to help hold it together. This piece has bark, sap wood, heart wood and rot wood in it, but it turned very easily. Sanding was a challenge on the inside.

I need to build a stock of pieces for the art fair in May and this is the start.

It is 3 1/2” dia. and 4” high and finished with matte clear spray.

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

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#1 posted 490 days ago

a nice way to wake up, a beautiful walnut burl, i like how you turned it and left a pedestal under it, im sure you will do well at the art fair…so you must be back at home in michigan..going from arizona back to where im sure its still a bit cold, or has it warmed up, been a long time since i was in michigan…have a great day jim.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 490 days ago

Quite a nice and challenging turning Jim. This one should sell quickly.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 490 days ago

Hi Grizz. It might snow here tomorrow!! It has been raining for 17 days. here are some shots t of the Grand River downtown:

This is the lawn of the Gerald R Ford museum:

This show how close it is to the top of the bridges. The 6the street bridge is in the water up river.

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

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#4 posted 490 days ago


Neat vase. I like the curly figure in the burl and the ring is a nice touch. Gives strengh and character to the vase. I have not turned many burls but love the hidden beauties in them. Take care.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 490 days ago

A beautiful turning Jim.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 490 days ago

you better watch your head going under that bridge…, thats a lot of water..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 490 days ago

Jim, vase nothing like a piece of burl on the lathe to keep you
on your toes.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 490 days ago

Simply magnificent Jim. How can it snow at this time of year, haven’t you heard that we have “global warming”!

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#9 posted 490 days ago

Totally unique nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 490 days ago

A beautiful piece—I especially like the burl and your great save!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 490 days ago

Plumb pretty. If you remember the first bowl I ever tried was a burl and it like to beat me to death, so I know what you are talking about.
You did a great job but I have come to expect that from you.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#12 posted 490 days ago

Nice job on the vase and very pretty wood. I know that you will do well at the art fair, providing that you will be able to get out with all that water. Thanks for the pictures. At least someone is getting the rain.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#13 posted 489 days ago

That looks great Jim! Keep up the good work!

-- If I can do can you! -AJswoodshop

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#14 posted 489 days ago

Nice job Jim, always hard to know if these are goinf to fly to pieces on you, had to watch thoes fingers though. Thats an interesting little base you have the piece sitting on??
Yer we are no heading to the rain, has been pouring for about a week now aftre months on absolutely no rain & drought.
Cheers mate & good luck with the fair

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

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#15 posted 489 days ago

Way to go Jim, nothing like the grain in a burl, the hardest part is figuring out how to best shape them. You sure pulled this pulled this one off.

-- Mark clio,mi ..making wood talk is fun

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