Stingray Bowl #73

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-19-2013 09:37 PM 2372 views 1 time favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have seen manta ray bowls but thought it would be fun to make something different so I pulled some pictures of the sting rays we saw at Sting Ray City in Grand Cayman. The last picture is the model for my bowl!

It is walnut with an insert of red cedar that served as the center of the bowl and the 3 legged base. I got my share of practicing carving on this project. The 5th photo is how I turned it to start and then the cutting off of the top and bottom rings was hairy. I broke the upper fin 3 times from cutting and power carving but managed to save it and the break is pretty well hidden. Thank God for epoxy!!!

It finished up at 8” diameter and 4 1/2” high. The lid has a brass orientation pin and bushing to keep the lid positioned correctly. The eyes were supposed to be ebony and ivory and I have some that I bough in Ohio at the Warther museum. I put it away in a safe place and I still cannot find it!!!!! So I had to improvise and these eyes are black and white Corian.

It is finished with satin lacquer.

What do you think I should call him? He needs a name!! I was thinking of Steve to remember Steve Irwin!!

Cheers, Jim

-- 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 11-19-2013 09:44 PM

That is one very AWESOME bowl!

Beautiful… and Unique…

I got the Point. :)

Thank you!

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

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#2 posted 11-19-2013 09:54 PM

Very cool bowl Jim….looks amazing…awesome job.

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

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#3 posted 11-19-2013 09:56 PM

Absolutely fabulous mate, no doubt about top 3 for this beautie :)

As for a name???? well what about plain old Ray ::)

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

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#4 posted 11-19-2013 10:08 PM

Very creative—you’ve outdone yourself! Very nice job.

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

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#5 posted 11-19-2013 10:29 PM

That’s impressive!


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#6 posted 11-19-2013 11:08 PM

Wow, you’ve taken turning to a whole new level!

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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Ronald G Campbell

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#7 posted 11-19-2013 11:09 PM

Hey Jim very cool. Would like to see this in person. Your thought process is very different and I like it.

-- Ron Campbell

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#8 posted 11-19-2013 11:15 PM

All it needs now is some liner inside to ware as a hat :)

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#9 posted 11-19-2013 11:37 PM

The resemblance of your bowl and photo six is spot on….great creativity…well done

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Bob Collins

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#10 posted 11-19-2013 11:41 PM

That is a beauty Jim, definitely taken the RAY bowls to a new level. I go with Pete for the name.

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

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#11 posted 11-20-2013 12:12 AM

What a unique way to combine your various talents as a woodworker Jim. I think Ray is beautiful but can he swim? LOL!!

-- 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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#12 posted 11-20-2013 12:28 AM

WowZa, Jim! That is incredible!

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

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#13 posted 11-20-2013 12:59 AM

What the heck Jim, you buy a new tool and you have to play with it. I can see a good deal of carving on the top also. Nice detail work. Very creative. I would have to ask, what kind of food goes in that bowl? LOL

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

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#14 posted 11-20-2013 01:03 AM

Jim, That is awesome!!! I thought it looked like that fur hat that Debbie P wears…lol Another amazing job buddy

-- 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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#15 posted 11-20-2013 01:14 AM

Boy some of you guys just blow me away. What a piece. I don’t think I will ever catch up.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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