New Zealand Challenge

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-24-2013 04:20 PM 1520 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Peteg, this is my response to the challenge in the following blog

The hollow vessel is suspended by the ring but I turned it so that it just touched on the point at the same time so it will not move in its hanger. The cup is Pistachio wood and much harder to carve than walnut. I had a hard time finding any from the scraps I have that would be big enough with having cracks running through it.

I drilled 5 holes in each side to carve to because I am no carver and need a target!! The last shot shows my set up in the lathe.

The base is a maple rosette that I made in ‘09 on a Rose engine that was made by George Armstrong from our guild and being demonstrated at the guild meeting. I had that laying on the bench and thought it would be a perfect accent for my challenge piece. I cut the rosette in half on the band saw and detailed the bottom in the wood lathe. There was another rosette on the bottom and I’ll use it in a few years too!

Pete, I hope you like the design I used on this one. I had several but the pistachio wood was not big enough to do the other designs.

The holder and hollow vessel are finished with EEE and Shellawax. The base is finished with clear lacquer.


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

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#1 posted 05-24-2013 04:52 PM

Jim that is stunning
Well done with the challenge


-- 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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#2 posted 05-24-2013 05:26 PM

that is beautiful jim, very well done in my eye’s, that wood is stunning…is made me think of making something , if i can figure a way without a lathe, but i know there is, well thanks for posting…

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

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#3 posted 05-24-2013 06:39 PM

Stunning! I really love this one Jim. What a great turning/carving!! The wood choices are perfect too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-24-2013 07:20 PM

Jim, you successfully met the challenge and came up with a creative piece of art work in the process. My hat is off to you. Thanks for showing us that one should never be satisfied with simple things in life.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 05-24-2013 09:04 PM

This is beautiful, Jim.

I think the challenge has been more met quite well.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 05-24-2013 11:32 PM

Jim this is absolutely fabulous Mate, I would never have come up with such a unique design, the pistachio matches perfect. Love that Rose engine piece of maple, it adds real class.
I’m pleased I never put any finish or sealer on it which meat you could finish everything with your choice.
fantastic job Mate, much more advanced than I expected, challenge met & conqured.
You are a very tallented man with a piece of timber in your hands.
Hats of to Jim
(don’t tell anybody Jim but I am kinda lining up our Ocker mate in the next week or so ::: )))) )

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 05-25-2013 12:21 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. It pleased Pete and that was the job at hand!! Mum is the word, Pete!!

If you always do what you always did you’ll always get what you always got!!!!! How True,Pete!!!!!!

I saw a quote the other day about “Don’t follow the well worn path, go a new route and make a path for others to follow!” It was by a well know poet but my mind does not hold things too long these days. Anyway, that is kind of my thing any more!. I don’t use plans made by others but design it the way I like it!

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

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#8 posted 05-25-2013 12:50 AM

Very artistic Jim and a impressive way to meet the challenge .
Thank you to both for this fun challenge and letting us in on this .

-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 05-25-2013 01:56 AM

Well done Jim.

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

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#10 posted 05-25-2013 02:33 AM

Thanks, Tony. Kiefer, This is what I love about Lumberjocks. It is like a family all over the world!!!!!!!!!!!!! And we’re having fun!!


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

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#11 posted 05-25-2013 06:08 AM

I think that the guys across the pond from here will throw up their hands in surrender when they see this entry of your Jim.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#12 posted 05-25-2013 07:46 AM

Wow! Wee!! You are Good!!! Super Job On all the Pieces!!
Great work my Friend, Keep at it!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#13 posted 05-25-2013 08:44 AM

Well done Jim, you have made some great turning by Pete look even better. Pete sound very please with your answer Jim, wonder who the ocker friend is Pete is lining up. I

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

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#14 posted 05-25-2013 12:42 PM

Great work! You do a great job on you turned pieces!

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#15 posted 05-25-2013 01:18 PM

Jim, this is realy masterpiece of turning and carving. Looks amazing.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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