Chestnut Bowl #64

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 388 days ago 824 views 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 7” chestnut bowl made from the logs I bought home earlier this month. It had dried to about 16% moisture and did not move a lot so I finished it.
It is finished with clear lacquer.

The last shot is the bowl and the mushroom that I gave to the orchard owner today to show him what turned chestnut looks like.


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

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 388 days ago


Beautiful Bowl!

I guess your lathe is working better now?

Very COOL bowl…

Thank you.

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

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Tom Godfrey

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#2 posted 388 days ago

Beautiful. Really like the grain pattern. As always a great job.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#3 posted 388 days ago

Really nice work on this Jim. Looks great!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#4 posted 388 days ago


-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#5 posted 388 days ago

I bet you’ll have # 65 out before this has dried properly:) you are allowed a small break Mate.
Couple of examples of your usual standard of work, well done Jim

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

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Ronald G Campbell

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#6 posted 388 days ago

Jim nice looking bowl. The view looking into it is just great. Nice way to center the grain.

-- Ron Campbell

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Bob Collins

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#7 posted 388 days ago

Very nice Jim, I like the grain effect in pic 2, take it easy on the new lathe mate.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#8 posted 388 days ago

Jim!!! I love this Bowl!!
Beautiful grain and just a spectacular Carved bowl!
I like the little Mushroom too..
Keep’Em coming my friend, I worked on the egg cup today, Not happy with it but not totally upset either.
I hope to have it to post soon.

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

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#9 posted 388 days ago

Great looking bowl Jim. I would love to get my hands on some Chestnut. I understand that it is extremely difficult to come by.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 388 days ago

Hey guys, thanks for all the nice comments!
Hi Pete, I am just finishing up the bottom n #65 right now. it is the other half of #64.
Hi Bob, all is not good with the new lathe. After about 5 hrs, it started making this whining sound inside where the motor is but it turns fine. I’m in the process of seeing what recourse I have with Sears and the guy I bought it from.
I got the old one running fine. The armature was .005 out of round with only .008 clearance per side . Factory error from Taiwan!!!
Here is the before and after I turned it true:
This shot was.003” off- did not clean up across or even 1/4 the way around

This shot was about .012” off

Hi Bill, I wished you lived closer. I have bunch I could give you. As a matter of fact when I dropped off this bowl, we worked out a deal to get all the chestnut they cut this fall and found a band saw mill within 2 miles that will saw it all up for us as long as it is 8’ long. The guy at the orchard said they will take out over 100 trees to thin the rows. We looked them over and the biggest is about 10” across. But the price is right- we just pay for the sawing. As we drove through the orchard, we learned a lot about chestnuts,too .

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 388 days ago

Great looking bowl Jim, the grain is really pretty…excellent turning.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#12 posted 388 days ago

Wonderful bowl with great looking grain Jim.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 388 days ago

You realy know how to make something nice from any scrap of wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 388 days ago

Thanks, Dave ad Mike and Ivan.

Hi Ivan, all the wood has it’s different character. While the chestnut is pretty grain, it is an open grain – a bit like oak. I didn’t fill the open grain but I may try it on future bowls to get a smoother look.

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

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#15 posted 388 days ago

This is beautiful. I imagine a few scoops o ice cream in there….. (having a fantasy)... lol

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

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