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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-21-2018 08:00 PM 846 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bowl I dreamed about and finally got it made. It is a bowl for eating pistachios and storing the shells in a ring around it and then being able to dump out the shells without the top coming off. The bowl was made from 2 pieces of 70 yr old very cracked pistachio wood. I had filled it and turned it 5 times and finally left the open cracks that remained. This was an experiment of using resin filler too. The center of the lid had pistachios glued in and a plastic band hose clamped around it to make it 1 1/2” deep and then the resin was poured over them. Only one nut floated to the top and had to be picked out because I did not want to cut through any of the nuts.
The resin was leaking out the bottom and air bubbles kept floating to the top and had to be eliminated using a propane torch. After about an hour of this, I got the torch too close and the top turned solid like a sheet of ice and strings of bubbles were trapped in the resin. I though that made it look very cool and unique. You can see them in the second photo. The resin was turned and sanded to 2500 and then buffed and waxed.
I put four 10mm magnets into the flange to hold the lid on and it stays even when tipped upside down.
It is 9” diameter and 3” high and finished with Danish Oil and then buffed and waxed.

Cheers, Jim

I also made this little steel opener for the pistachios that have a just a small crack and I can’t get them open with my fingers. You just inset the thin piece of metal and twist to open them. I painted it red so it won’t get lost in the shells.

This is some of the typical pistachio I had to work with. I have burned a lot of it and made pen blanks of any uncracked sections:

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





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#1 posted 12-21-2018 10:52 PM

I like pistachio wood. Don’t see enough of it unfortunately. That’s pretty cool!

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#2 posted 12-21-2018 11:44 PM

WOW! I love that lid, love the whole thing. What a cool concept! I don’t eat pistachios much but I sure love the commercials for them :) Great work, Jim – super cool. And of course, beautiful wood!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#3 posted 12-21-2018 11:57 PM

Wow Jim, that pistachio has really got character

-- 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 12-22-2018 02:29 AM

Great idea and very unique design. The pistachio wood is so rich looking – wow. Like the “opener” as well.

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#5 posted 12-22-2018 04:47 AM

Love the color and grain in the small slabs and other pieces.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#6 posted 12-22-2018 05:56 AM

Jim,

What a unique idea! The wood is beautiful and lid is really neat. As for me, I wouldn’t need the lid because I would never leave any uneaten pistachios in the bowl!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 12-22-2018 02:09 PM

That’a a cool idea Jim. The center looks great with the resin. I like your idea of the opener. I recently cracked a tooth trying to open one so I’ll try making one. Thanks for the tip.

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

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#8 posted 12-22-2018 02:27 PM

Nice! Really like how you did the top

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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#9 posted 12-22-2018 10:00 PM

Thank you for all the nice comments. This was fun and challenging as I have never worked with poured resin before. I did not know how to stop the bubbles, but I did manage to freeze them in time!!

Hi Kim, if you ate pistachios, once you start, it is real hard to stop!! I think this wood is second only to rosewood in color and grain character.

Hi Dick, I have gotten 2 request to bring back pistachio in the spring so I’ll have to buy another tree and have it sawed up.

Hi L/W I’m with you, I can’t sop eating them…these are all gone already!!

Hi Dave I used that little opener a lot on this batch.

Merry Christmas to all…..............Cheers, Jim

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

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#10 posted 12-22-2018 10:12 PM

Well done Jim, and no one is going to mistake it for a walnut or pecan dish!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 12-23-2018 12:43 AM

Thanks, Hans. you’ve got that right. but that does give me an idea for a pecan one. I spend the winter in the middle of pecan country and last year we brought in a lot of pecan wood that should be ready to use this year!!

Thanks!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 12-28-2018 05:47 AM

Jim..Very novel idea….Looks great.

Terrific Finish..Did you Buff with the Beale System?

Regards, Cliff.

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

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#13 posted 01-01-2019 03:44 AM

Thanks, Cliff. Yes that is the buffing system that I have.

Cheers,Jim

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

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#14 posted 01-02-2019 11:26 PM

Lovely work. How did you manage to get such a big piece for the turning?

-- Rule 1: no emergency room visits!

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#15 posted 01-03-2019 06:01 PM

Thanks, Gary. I bought a pistachio tree in Arizona last year that was cracked quite a bit. I made this bowl out of 2 pieces of it glued together.

Cheers, Jim

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

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