Ironwood Goblet

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-14-2017 04:02 PM 1596 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this piece of Ironwood that was laying around the shop and thought I needed a little lathe time today. So, after all the trees were trimmed this morning, I slipped into the barn to relax a while.

This wood had a funny shape to the branches- like a lot of flats all around it instead of being round. I wanted to capture that shape so I left some of the branch ( without the bark) on the bottom.

It is finished with EEE and Shellawax.
The last shot shows the centering ring I use to find center of irregular pieces. It is 1/8” Lexan with a bunch of scribed circles on it. I use it a lot.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 06-14-2017 04:12 PM


I really like the inclusion of the original branch shape.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 06-14-2017 04:15 PM

Nice turning project. Centering tool even better.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 06-14-2017 04:21 PM

Jim, I think that the decision to leave the interesting section of the base ‘as is’ was a very creative move. The irregular shape of the base makes a nice accent as does the lone knot. Nice work and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 06-14-2017 05:40 PM

Nice Goblet Jim! I also like your centering ring. I’m making me one today!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 06-14-2017 06:27 PM

Nice one Jim. Them centering rings are the greatest.

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

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#6 posted 06-14-2017 06:48 PM

Nicely done Jim, and I must agree with the others about your centering ring.

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#7 posted 06-14-2017 07:08 PM

What you have there, sir, is vessel emerging. Very nicely done.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 06-14-2017 08:02 PM

Nicely done Jim, I agree it’s a great idea leaving a bit of natures hand on the base to illustrate it is hand made & not out of a mold

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

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#9 posted 06-14-2017 08:11 PM

Another nice one, Jim. I too like the base. Needs a turquoise bauble hanging around the stem. :-)

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 06-14-2017 09:48 PM

Jim. That is a beauty….The base has a nice effect….nature will say what shape it wants to be. Worked out fine!!!!
That Centreing Ring is pretty nifty. Did you make it?



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

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#11 posted 06-14-2017 10:08 PM

Jim, another COOL creation!

Very nice!

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#12 posted 06-14-2017 10:30 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Hi Mark, that is exactly what I wanted to convey ” emerging out of the wood”. I made a vase for the owner of the Shalako pecan orchard in Casa Grand, Az. and I left the rough part of the branch on the bottom and she left it out for all the customers to see “what came out of her wood” !!

Hi Gene, I thought I might need some turquoise inlay in this one, but the defect turned away!

Hi Cliff. Yes, I made that centering ring with a divider and piece of clear Lexan. It is quick and effective for lathe projects. I have it divided into 3 and 4 equally spaced lines for layout pattern around the center, too.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#13 posted 06-15-2017 12:15 AM

A very cool and unique goblet. Well Done.

-- 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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#14 posted 06-15-2017 12:42 AM

Nice one Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 06-15-2017 03:22 AM

Nice work!!! I have some Bearpaw gave me but have yet to get anything made with it.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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