New Zealand Matai Hollow Vessel

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-07-2013 01:53 AM 1349 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pete, this is what I did with that piece of Matai you sent me from New Zealand. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a hollow vessel that is hollow within 1/4” of the bottom but I did not hollow through that little hole. It was made in 2 pieces and assembled and turned. The finial ( if you can call it that) is made from female box elder wood. The last shot is finishing the finial in the mini lathe. Thank God I have that little bugger for back up!!!

Both pieces are finishes with EEE and Shellawax

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

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#1 posted 06-07-2013 02:20 AM

It turned out Beautiful Jim.

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

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#2 posted 06-07-2013 02:23 AM

man…jim this is quite a beauty, the box elder almost looks like a small flame on top, its very ornate…very pleasing to the eye…for sure…fantastic

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

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#3 posted 06-07-2013 02:31 AM

Thats nice Jim, the box goes well with the matai, so where did you join it? just under the nesk, or, just abpve the base, I suspect the former, yep the EEE works very well on this stuff,
That’s greatJjim it was only a small piece I sent you, 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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#4 posted 06-07-2013 02:49 AM

Nice job Jim. Like grizzman says it looks like a flame in the box elder finial. Nice touch. You always seem to have a goal in detail as your turning. I might be learning something from this.

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

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#5 posted 06-07-2013 03:25 AM

Another nice piece of turning Jim….nicely done

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

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#6 posted 06-07-2013 04:22 AM

Real nice Jim, Pete should be happy with what you did with the Matai and the elder finial sure sets it off. Well done.

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

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#7 posted 06-07-2013 05:12 AM

Very COOL as usual…

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

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#8 posted 06-07-2013 05:28 AM

Graceful and well proportioned Jim.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 06-07-2013 12:33 PM

Another beautiful project, Jim. The Box Elder does look like a flame.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#10 posted 06-07-2013 12:37 PM

Beautiful turning!

-- 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 06-07-2013 12:37 PM

Thank you all for for the nice comments .
Pete, I added one last picture of it head on so you can see the burned rings on the bottom. I sectioned it on the bottom and the lowest ring is the seam.

It was rough shaped, hollowed up to the bottom of the rim and then glued together. I like to do small pieces that way because I don’t have any small boring tools. I used a 3/8 bowl gouge on this one. Some times I’ll insert a ball made from the same material before I glue it together. I like to watch people figure out how I did that!!!

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

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#12 posted 06-07-2013 01:19 PM

This is a very nice turning, Jim. You did a great job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 06-07-2013 01:53 PM

Another beauty Jim, i’m quietly practicing but I’ve long since given up hope of reaching anything like your standard.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#14 posted 06-07-2013 02:23 PM

Very nice, intricate turning Jim.

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

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#15 posted 06-07-2013 04:03 PM

Smooth and elegant. Good looking wood and a great finish!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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