Wood Chunk Vase

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-08-2013 12:48 PM 932 views 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small flared vase made from a chunk of cherry, I think. I was cutting crotches out of some trees that had been down for over 3 years and the owner picked up some some chunks and asked if they could be made into anything. This is the second one. The first one had a hole blow out of the punky wood and I’m trying to stabilize it to save it. I’ll see him at the meeting tonight and want to give him his “chunks” back.

The last picture is the original chunk. The surface was badly cracked and some of the cracks are still in it .

It ended up at 3 7/8” x 2” with 1/8” wall. It is finished with EEE and Shellawx

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 10-08-2013 01:08 PM

Hey Jim nice looking piece.

-- Ron Campbell

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#2 posted 10-08-2013 01:11 PM

You’ve performed another beautiful transformation Jim! 1/8 ” thick Wow!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 10-08-2013 01:29 PM

Hey Jim, Nice work. I would have to say I never saw any cherry with that much different character in it. Great find. I’m jealous.

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

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#5 posted 10-08-2013 01:59 PM

That’s a beaut Jim! Nice work!

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

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#6 posted 10-08-2013 02:31 PM

Beautiful turning! Beautiful wood! Great job Jim.

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

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#7 posted 10-08-2013 03:06 PM

Beautiful Vase!

I’d say you took a junky piece of possible firewood and made it into a Super piece of real Art!

Thank you!

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

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#8 posted 10-08-2013 03:23 PM

Jim, you could have named it solar flare, at least that is what the grain pattern reminds me of. Very nice work!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 10-08-2013 03:50 PM

This came out very nice and unique too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 10-08-2013 07:45 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I’m glad this one survived. I managed to save the first one,too. It is coming out in a a day or two after a bunch of sanding!

I’m getting to feel that I’d like to go back to good reliable GREEN wood!!

I’ll give this one to Dick tonight!!..................Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 10-08-2013 08:14 PM

More terrific turning. I am amazed at how thin the wall is. 1/8 inch. As we say in Australia, ” Holy Smoke ”
Do you turn hats Jim? I saw a you tube video of a Guy they call the hat man who turns hats, I think he is up in the north east of the US up near Maine.
If I can ever be even 1/8 as good as your work and all the other many talented Lumber Jocks, I will be very happy indeed.

Best wishes,


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#12 posted 10-08-2013 10:02 PM

Thanks, Cliff. I have never even tried to turn a hat. I did watch a guy from our guild do one and I took a lot of pictures. That gets real hairy when you have a wide brim like that, but he did it in quick order!
The thin wall is not too bad if you finish the outside complete and then go an inch at a time on the inside, finish the inch and never go back to cut it any more- just keep working in…...........Jim

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

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#13 posted 10-08-2013 10:23 PM

Very nice vase Jim and a beautiful piece of cherry…great turning as always.

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

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#14 posted 10-08-2013 11:01 PM

Great spotting of the potential Jim & great execution of the piece, fascinating grain pattern.

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

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#15 posted 10-09-2013 02:50 AM

Jim, dont you ever sleep buddy??? You turn out projects quicker than a gang of elfs….lol Another fine one sir…impressive.

-- 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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