Book-Matched Fractal Burned Wall Hanging

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-12-2018 11:09 PM 1493 views 1 time favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first book matched fractal burned piece. The wood was resawed, planed , wet with the vinegar/baking soda mixture and then clamped together and burned from the sides. it is not a perfect match on each side but came out pretty good.

It is a piece of 1/2”x 6” x 8” mesquite and it finished with clear lacquer.

What does it look like to you? I need to give it a name.

Now it can be “Frank”..with an extra hole to hang it either way!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 10-12-2018 11:13 PM

Nice! I got some parts, Gonna build one when I have time…

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#2 posted 10-12-2018 11:17 PM

That is some neat stuff Jim! My first thought was Inkblot Test Cards used in Psychological testing. My 2nd thought is female. I know don’t say it! LOL!

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

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#3 posted 10-12-2018 11:27 PM

Pretty nice Jim
Sure looks likes dead tree on a hill top to me

-- 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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#4 posted 10-13-2018 12:08 AM

It is a piece of 1/2”x 6” x 8 mesquite and it finished with clear lacquer.

What does it look like to you? I need to give it a name.

cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Beings the dim. 8 is not ”, I presume that is feet…

Possible name “Burnt Shorty”... LOL

I thought you burnt one side THEN resawed it … it looked that close…
Amazing how it burnt so close to the same as the other side…!

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

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#5 posted 10-13-2018 12:37 AM

Jim, turn it up side down and you will see a face. Complete with eyes, nose mouth. You may get by with it being a mean pumpkin for Halloween. I like where you’re going with this. Thumbs up for this.

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

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#6 posted 10-13-2018 01:38 AM

Super Cool!

I’d call it “Alone on a Hill”

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

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#7 posted 10-13-2018 01:50 AM

I agree with Dave, Witches face with a pointy hat.


-- 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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#8 posted 10-13-2018 02:08 AM

Very impressive. My first thought was a tree that has been through a forest fire. So my suggestion for a name is:

After the Fire

Thanks for sharing.


-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 10-13-2018 02:33 AM

Great looking burn Jim.

Standing up like you have it, I see a big cat’s head with paws on either side.
On its side, it looks like “Water’s Edge”

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 10-13-2018 02:58 AM

Nice even burn Jim, most naming rights are taken above. Just a thought mate, do you scrub the finished burns with vinegar other solutions? Must try your vinegar and Baking Soda, I have just been using water.

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

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#11 posted 10-13-2018 03:55 AM

Quite interesting Jim,
My wife and I were admiring your piece, and she suggested “A Magical Faery Tree”.
It’s beautiful.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 10-13-2018 04:15 AM

Oh my goodness, it does look like a face when you look at it upside down. How cool is that!

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#13 posted 10-13-2018 05:45 AM

Flipped to show the face for folks with limited imagination I’ve no explanation for that low looking brow though.

BTW I renamed the pic “grumpface”

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 10-13-2018 05:47 AM

As mentioned, you could turn it upside down. Maybe you could call it “Frank”

-- John D, OP, KS



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#15 posted 10-13-2018 07:11 AM

Jim, if you flip it, it really looks like a face. It looks cool

-- Anatolii UKRAINE

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