Hot Air Baloon Incense Burner

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-07-2013 04:43 AM 1376 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at inside out turning. I chose a hot air balloon shaped incense burner made from box elder. You can see in the last shot that the wood is too thin to bore the full balloon shape into it so I stopped short so the wall was not too thin. I didn’t realize the depth I’d have to go to cut out the full gondola. I should have used 2” thick pieces… time!! Anyway it works as an incense burner.

I put in a brass cone holder in the bottom piece and ventilated it with 6 holes. The base is relieved for air flow , too. It gets pretty hot in there so I put a brass insert in the top of the bore too so the wood did not get burned.

The last thing I added was a small brass finger to keep the cone holder in the burner when you carry it.

It is 2 1/4” dia. x 7 1/4” high and 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 10-07-2013 04:56 AM

That is beautiful Jim. You are doing amazing things with that box elder. The base reminds me of a monk with his hands tucked into his sleeves. Looking forward to seeing the next project. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 10-07-2013 05:34 AM

COOL lil unique project!

Looks like the smoke comes out of the balloon like its ears are smoking! COOL!

Now, all you have to do is burn enough incense to make the Hot Air Balloon float!
... or so much incense will be burnt to make you think it’s floating… LOL

COOL, except when it’s Hot!

Nice job! Very nice!

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

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#3 posted 10-07-2013 05:57 AM

Amaizing thing! Absolutely perfect.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 10-07-2013 08:43 AM

Excellent turning Jim even if it didn’t turn out quite the way you expected. The box elder sure is a beautiful wood. This would be a very nice display piece in any home and it makes a wonderful incense burner.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 10-07-2013 09:28 AM

Great job Jim

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 10-07-2013 09:58 AM

Nice start to your inside out venture Jim, pic 1 could be a nude swimmer on the blocks. You do wonders with that wood.

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

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#7 posted 10-07-2013 01:02 PM

Well done and a beautifully shaped turning Jim. It reminds me of a top of a lamp harp. Sure is a unique piece.

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

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#8 posted 10-07-2013 03:25 PM

Beautiful piece—if I only knew what “inside out turning” was, no doubt I would be even more impressed. But, alas, I not a turner and totally ignorant in that subject. As far as looks go, this is certainly an eye catching winner!

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

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#9 posted 10-07-2013 03:28 PM

Lovely turning. I really like the form.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 10-07-2013 04:46 PM

Very nice Jim.


-- 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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#11 posted 10-07-2013 05:10 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments- even though it did not come to the correct shape. It is interesting in what people see in a shape!! If it would have been the correct shape, it was to be perforated on the top so the smoke could come out the holes, but I think with that convex shape to the inside, it may not have worked very well and this showed it better.

Hi John. I wanted to know about inside out turning so I went to You Tube and watched a guy named Dewayne Colwell. He explains it so well. I should have started with a simpler shape, but I had this incense burner in mind and did not stop until it was done. I really like IOT and think it is a way to really enhance a turned piece by turning the 2 pieces and them flipping them inside out to turn the outside to follow the inside.. I’ll do a better one next time!
.............Cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 10-07-2013 06:26 PM

Really cool project Jim.
I think I’d like to try one of those.
Occasionally I’ll burn some incense in the shop to mask finish odors when I’m done for the day.
Your one is awesome looking.

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#13 posted 10-07-2013 06:28 PM

Very nice Jim…you did an excellent job on the inside out turning…great job.

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

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#14 posted 10-07-2013 10:26 PM

What a great idea Jim, I did a bit of the in / out a few years ago now, you can have some real fun with the process.
This is a lovely piece of timber to match your turning

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

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#15 posted 10-08-2013 12:54 AM

Thanks, Eric, Dave and Pete. I plan to make a hot air balloon IOT again without the incense burner but with a different selection of wood. I’ll have to look at the colors of the wood I have to make it look like an actual balloon! This is really fun!.......................Jim

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

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