8 Apple bowls

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-04-2019 10:02 PM 765 views 1 time favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to make 8 bowls out of my neighbor, Everett’s apple tree for his family. Last winter when the tree was cut, I roughed out 21 bowls and now started pulling them out of chip barrel. It is fruit wood and my experience has been that it cracks a lot when drying and these have sure done that. Even after 4 of these were turned and sanded, they cracked. The one with the hole in the center is what was left from a medium sized bowl that had two big chucks fly out of it and it was rendered down to this little dish which had the bottom crack out of it. I fractal burned it and will use it in a a tea light candle holder.

I’ll finish all 21 of the pieces before I give them their pick of the 8 they want. I’ll post them as they get done.

These are finished with Danish oil and then buffed and waxed for a nice feel and a natural looking sheen.

Cheers, Jim
I finally turned that bowl with the bottom blown out into a candle holder with a walnut base and blue azurite inlay in the burned area:

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

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#1 posted 04-04-2019 10:10 PM

Really nice Jim, it’s a shame there is so much waste. does the way the apple is dried make a difference to how much it cracks?

Cheers Dave

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#2 posted 04-04-2019 10:12 PM

BTW, is your signature etc on the bottom pyrography? It sure is nice.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#3 posted 04-04-2019 10:49 PM

I have to agree with what Lew is about to say . . . “Those are really gorgeous, Jim!”
Sounds like you have had a bit of a frustrating experience with the apple.
You are not alone. My son does a lot of orchard pruning, so I do get some selected pieces of apple and cherry for walking staffs or canes. Unfortunately, a lot of checking goes on while I am not looking. Most of the checks start at the freshly cut ends, and try to run along the length of the piece. So, to minimize this, I have a wide mouth mason jar (normally used for preserving jam, etc) with Thompson Water Sealer in it, and prior to storing the pieces, I dunk each end to help reduce the rate of moisture loss from the ends. The pieces are normally cut about a foot longer than I would need, and that allows for about 6” trim on each end once they are seasoned.
Of course your pieces are much larger in diameter, but I’m wondering if a brushed on coat over the ends might be worth trying just to see if you get better drying results?

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 04-04-2019 11:19 PM

Those are really gorgeous, Jim!

I’m in the middle of an experiment to control checking and cracking. I was given some locust and, in the past, it always cracked after rough turning and time drying in the shavings bag. This time I soaked the rough turned blanks in a 6:1 solution of water and Dawn dishwashing liquid for 3 days. When I pulled them out, there were no cracks or checks. Right now they are drying in paper bags full of shavings and will be there for about 3 weeks. Hoping for the best! I don’t know if this method will work for fruit wood but I’m told it is great for most woods.

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

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#5 posted 04-04-2019 11:50 PM

Those poor elves must be working overtime Jim, nice work on all the latest projects. Like the variety of Apple bowls.

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

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#6 posted 04-04-2019 11:55 PM

very nice aa usual

-- bambi

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#7 posted 04-05-2019 12:15 AM

Nice turnings.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#8 posted 04-05-2019 12:43 AM

Jim…Despite the wood cracking, the end result is great.

I never realized that Apple Fruit Wood was so pretty. But I have read that fruit and nut trees do produce nice wood for turning. Regards, Cliff

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

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#9 posted 04-05-2019 12:48 AM

Nice work, fruitwood always looks great. It’s worth the effort.

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#10 posted 04-05-2019 01:58 AM

I just noticed Lew’s “formula”, and that sounds like an interesting method to try. If you go for it, please post your results. I’m wondering about trying it with some cherry for canes.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#11 posted 04-05-2019 04:33 AM

Looks like you had some hard time to make them…but effort paied off,...obviously – great work buddy

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 04-05-2019 05:55 AM

Goodonya Jim. Nice work. Here down under apple timber is much more pale.
You may consider to make epoxy bottom to the one with the hole.

-- Dave -

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#13 posted 04-05-2019 06:18 AM

Apple sure looks a lot like peach, dunnit? Lovely job, Jim.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 04-05-2019 10:05 AM

Looks great, Jim! Nice variety and they will have a hard time picking only 8

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#15 posted 04-05-2019 11:00 AM

Nicely done Jim. Good looking grain too! I’m sure they will like all 8 picks!

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

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