Hot Air Balloon- Incense Burner

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-13-2017 11:55 PM 2470 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that started as a demo at the turning guild of an inside out turning. I did the inside about 2 years ago and just got it out to finish it when it decided what it wanted to be. The body is made from 4 pieces of red female box elder and the finial and base are made from jarrah. The “burner” is brass pipe with a brass disc pressed in to hold the incense cones. It has 8 10 mm rare earth magnets epoxied in to keep it together. Just give the top a 1/4 twist and it comes right off. Set it back on and it snaps to where the magnets line up.

It is finished with Danish oil and clear 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 09-14-2017 12:04 AM

Nice that it finally decided, Jim! Turned out beautifully. Does the smoke come through the holes in the top? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 09-14-2017 12:07 AM

Nice job Jim. Some of the nicest projects are the ones that take forever to get back to.

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#3 posted 09-14-2017 12:14 AM

Really cool object Jim.
Great design and outcome.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 09-14-2017 12:29 AM

Awesome looking Incense Burner Jim. Nice shine to the finish also!

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

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#5 posted 09-14-2017 12:43 AM

I love this. Have to try an inside out Christmas ornament this year.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#6 posted 09-14-2017 12:49 AM

Nice little turning project and will be a hit .
I Like it a lot and yes I know about those projects on the shelf that don’t know what they want to be but in time they get done and turn out well


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 09-14-2017 01:00 AM

Very COOL, Jim!

Glad you got inspired again… You did GOOD!

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

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#8 posted 09-14-2017 01:43 AM

You certainly have an eye for design, Jim!

I Love It!

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

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#9 posted 09-14-2017 02:06 AM

I agree with Lew, great designing efforts Jim. Well done. But it did take 2 years. LOL.

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

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#10 posted 09-14-2017 03:17 AM

Jim…what a beauty!!!! Turned out really well. Great shape….I can see the Hot Air Balloon. There is also something Spiritual about the shape. A bit like at a War Memorial where there is an Eternal Flame in a Shrine.

Again that Box Elder is Beautiful.



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

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#11 posted 09-14-2017 03:31 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. This piece was covered with chips under my other lathe and I finally found out how to finish it after seeing the incense burner I made for my daughter many yeas ago. There are about 40 roughed out bowls sitting there too but they will have to wait their turn!
I have a 2 piece IO turning made from a round mesquite log that I fastened together with hose clamps and wedges against the round side for the first cut and it has not said what it wants to be yet.

Hi Candy. the plan was for the smoke to come through the 5 holes in the top, but there is so much , it comes out all over. The side hoes are much much bigger. Training smoke is like herding cats!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 09-14-2017 06:31 AM

it looks to me like a crown,another beauty

-- bambi

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#13 posted 09-14-2017 06:53 AM

Wow! Real art work. Beautiful shape,awesome colours and finish.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 09-14-2017 12:01 PM

Very cleaver idea, Beautiful hot air balloon.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 09-14-2017 01:20 PM

You just amaze me with your imagination and SKILL. !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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