Mesquite Bowl............ #61

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-06-2013 08:28 PM 1712 views 1 time favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first successful natural edge bowl <> made from mesquite. It is 6 1/2” across and 4 1/4” high.

It is finished with Deft clear lacquer.

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

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#1 posted 06-06-2013 08:38 PM

That is so cool!

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#2 posted 06-06-2013 08:40 PM

Great job, Jim! Agree, that is so cool!

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

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#3 posted 06-06-2013 09:00 PM

Nice job on your natural edge. EXCELLENT !!!!

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

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#4 posted 06-06-2013 09:06 PM

Very nice work Jim and beautiful wood too. I like the yellow contrasting rim. These types of bowls are a lot of fun to turn.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 06-06-2013 09:17 PM

Spectacular Jim. Looks really fine on top o that stand.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 06-06-2013 09:22 PM

Beautiful. I’ve got some hickory I’d like to glue up but it’s so darn tough, I’m afraid to turn it. Is Mesquite like that?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#7 posted 06-06-2013 09:30 PM


That’s impossible… but, I’m looking at it! ... Wonderful!

Super… Elegant… Fantastic… you pick the adjective… GREAT!

Thank you!

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

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#8 posted 06-06-2013 09:39 PM

That is a sweet looking piece of timber Jim, this is a realy nice turn, don’t know the timber but is that soem bark you managed to keep, did you use any CA to hold the bark?.
The base has a familiar design look about it :: ))
well done Mate

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

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#9 posted 06-06-2013 10:32 PM

that is down tight beautiful, what a great job for your first natural edge, the wood is perfect for this turning, i bet this will lead to many others…we sure enjoy seeing you expand your talents…keep em coming..

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

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#10 posted 06-06-2013 11:17 PM

Really nice ,one of the best ones I have seen.

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#11 posted 06-06-2013 11:35 PM

Turned out real nice Jim, I can see why you like using Mesquite, a nice looking wood.

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

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#12 posted 06-06-2013 11:59 PM

Well I have to say you made a great looking natural bowl. The beauty of leaving any edge on gives it its own signature. You and Roger Maris now have something in common with 61. Keep them coming.

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

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#13 posted 06-07-2013 12:23 AM

Wow another lovely bowl to add to your collection of achievements Jim…..really like the natural edges and the wood is beautiful…..what can I say…..”great job” seems like an understatement.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#14 posted 06-07-2013 12:39 AM

Ok Jim…fess up…you bought that off ebay didn’t ya??? That is a really neat piece of turning sir…nice job as always bud

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#15 posted 06-07-2013 01:36 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. This one was fun and that was the last piece turned before my lathe crapped out again. I have it all apart and I think I can fix it again.

To answer some of the questions.
Hi Pete, the mesquite grows wild in the desert and gets quite big where it gets water regularly- otherwise it is s scrub tree no bigger than 8” in diameter. The worms like it and bore oval holes all over it. I did not know about using CA glue to retain the bark. I was talking to a fellow machinist tonight about getting me a piece of steel and we talked about natural edge turning. He told me to use the CA to hold the bark on. I did not do it on this one- lucky I guess.

Hi Dave. I was a big fan of Maris and Mantle. They made me a Yankee fan when I was just a kid and I still am!!

Hi Russel. Mesquite grows in the desert where the wind is whipping sand and dirt at it all the time. Therefore it has a lot of mineral inclusions in it that can be tough on tools.
It has a black pitch sap that drains out of it and is in the cracks that is real hard too. I used three bowl gouges on this one and sharpened all of them twice . This log had some severe cracks near the base so I turned off about an inch of wood to make a clean bottom..


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

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