Osage Orange Fruit Bowl

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-14-2018 03:23 PM 1251 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that was roughed out in April. It was severely warped by now but it cleaned up okay.
The cracks were filled with blue azurite inlay.

It is 11 1/2” diameter and 4” high. I finished it with Danish oil and buffed with Tripoli, white Diamond and Carnuba Wax.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 09-14-2018 03:27 PM

Good looking bowl Jim
The color throws me outta gear tho, it really changes with different finishes

-- 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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#3 posted 09-14-2018 03:32 PM

I really like that lip detail!


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#4 posted 09-14-2018 03:34 PM

art work as usual
beautiful wood

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#6 posted 09-14-2018 04:42 PM

Good looking bowl, Jim!

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#7 posted 09-14-2018 05:28 PM

That’s a beauty, Jim!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 09-14-2018 05:30 PM

This simple form is very attractive and the finish looks great. Hard to believe that the wood is Osage Orange. The photos don’t show any hints of the color I expected. My experience with the wood was cutting down a tree (green wood) about 30 years ago with a chain saw. It was the hardest to cut wood I ever encountered. I would expect that it required the sharpest of tools to turn and great technique. Well done.

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#9 posted 09-14-2018 07:24 PM

Nice job Jim, those filled cracks just add a bit of character to the piece, nice finish :)

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

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#10 posted 09-14-2018 09:47 PM

Jim…Really nice fruit bowl…a good practical project. There is always a use for a nice bowl. I can see maybe apples or citrus fruit sitting there waiting to be eaten.

Jim, picture 3 is quite amazing…in the grain I could see the image of a goblet.

Lovely project


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#11 posted 09-14-2018 09:58 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I should have take a shot of it before I finished turned it. I had a column in the center of the bowl for support while finishing the outside and most of the inside. then I cut it away.

Hi Lew, I make so many bowls that I can’t just make them plain any more!

Hi socrbent, this was big piece given to me from my friend, Myron ,in Clarinda, Iowa. They have 24” diameter osage trees out there. It moved a lot in drying but was not too hard to turn. I have first time turners at school turning some of the pieces I take them and they do pretty good. It is open grain so you can feel the grain even after a real smooth sanding job. It is rot resistant. They make fence posts out of it because it will last 100 yrs in the ground a not rot off. The Indians called it bow wood because it made good long bows.

Hi Pete, I think that I could have turned away the cracks if I got rid of all the sap wood, but I did not want to sacrifice any more of the size of it.

cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 09-14-2018 11:31 PM

Jim, nice piece! We have Osage Orange the size of those in Clarinda, Iowa, too. We had some storm damage and I’ve got some logs I saved. We also have one down at our pond which was obviously hit by lighting many years before any of us were born. Branch diameter is about 80’ these days, maybe more, and probably as tall as it is wide. I’ve never measured the trunk but now you’ve got me curious. God help me if it dies or we get a tornado before we move out of here. A drunken friend once told me it was worth a million dollars – LOL. Anyhow, great looking bowl and that grain in picture 3 is great. Love the inlay, too.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#13 posted 09-14-2018 11:39 PM

Looks great Jim.

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#14 posted 09-14-2018 11:45 PM

Nice work on the bowl Jim. Now let’s fill it with some goodies.

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

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#15 posted 09-15-2018 12:04 AM

Lovely bowl Jim.
The few pieces of Osage that I bought from the US were really yellow.
Love the colour in your bowl.


-- 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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