Spalted Oak Crotch Bowl #70

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-10-2013 07:08 PM 1723 views 2 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a crotch from the 3 yr old branches I picked up on the farm last week. I had no idea what is was but now I can see the oak grain in it. This is the first oak bowl I have ever made and it was pretty well gone when I mounted it in the lathe. It finished at about 5” across and 1 1/4” high and about .080 wall.. I turned away most all of the rotten wood.This one did not come out heart shaped either.

It is finished with 8 coats of semi gloss lacquer.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 10-10-2013 07:15 PM

Very nice Jim it flows.


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#2 posted 10-10-2013 07:47 PM



Thank you!

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#3 posted 10-10-2013 08:19 PM

Extremely attractive in all respects.

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#4 posted 10-10-2013 08:37 PM

That is a beauty Jim. Nice grain patterns to it.

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#5 posted 10-10-2013 09:05 PM

Cool! I like the abract shape. 2nd pic kinda reminds me of an old tractor seat….or the shape any way…too pretty for a tractor seat though. Maybe with a little modification to the narrow point, thicker wall, and greater diameter a guy could end up with a pretty cool bar stool.

-- Dick

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#6 posted 10-10-2013 09:05 PM

Nice one

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#7 posted 10-10-2013 09:11 PM

Rather nice Jim. Sort of looks like you had some pieces flying at you.

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#8 posted 10-10-2013 10:20 PM

You certainly did justice to this one Jim, nice shape and great grain, is the finish with the buffing system?

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

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#9 posted 10-10-2013 10:22 PM

very nice

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#10 posted 10-10-2013 10:30 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Hi Bob, no buffing on this one. The lacquer leveled out real good and I left well enough alone! Sanded with 400 wet between each coat.

Hi Dave, yes a number of pieces flew off . It was about 3” high to start with. I have all these dry crotches I’m looking at and wonder if I’ll every get them all turned and get a heart shaped one out of it.

Hi Dick. I have a couple big ones that would make nice wooden tractor seats. Good Ideal!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 10-10-2013 11:50 PM

Very nice Jim..the spalted oak looks amazing…nicely done.

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#12 posted 10-11-2013 12:38 AM

always great to see mother natures work enhanced by man
nice work Jim

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#13 posted 10-11-2013 01:56 AM

The wild grain is amazing Jim! You’ve mentioned ‘heartshaped’ several times in your posts. Can you share an image of what you are referring to? Thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 10-11-2013 02:33 AM

Beautiful piece !....thank you for sharing

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#15 posted 10-11-2013 03:23 AM

Interesting oak pattern,nice.

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