8 More Apple Bowls

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-19-2019 01:24 AM 740 views 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second batch of bowls from my neighbor’s apple tree. I have 7 more and 2 of them are questionable if they will survive with the cracks and hollow areas. There must have been 23 blanks in the chips !!

In the first shot, the 2 on the left in the back row were finished withe Danish oik and buffed and waxed. One had a hole in it and most of these warped after turning.

The 2 on the right were the once in the last 3 shots and they were fractal burned and clear lacquered. I decided to lacquer them because they were rough from the wetting and did not buff out good. Those two were twins when I burned them with a one sided burn on each one when I clamped them together.

The 4 in the front row were turned today and finished with EEE and Shellawax. They came out lighter and shinier without the Danish oil. I did not see any warp in these as they went through the microwave in the morning and stayed round after turning.
Below is a shot of the two twin bowls being fractal burned:

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 04-19-2019 01:30 AM

Nice apples, I mean bowls

-- 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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#2 posted 04-19-2019 01:50 AM

You certainly churned that lot out Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 04-19-2019 01:55 AM

Wow Jim!, The bowls are beautiful in their own right, but the added lightning really makes them “striking”!

sorry, couldn’t resist :-)


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#4 posted 04-19-2019 01:57 AM

I assume the flame on torch pic is the fractal burning going on? It make a nice looking collective of bowls. What did you use as a patch on that one with the grand canyon in it?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 04-19-2019 02:33 AM

Very nice Jim! Do they smell like burning apple’s when the smoke rises! :)

@Jerry… that was good!

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

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#6 posted 04-19-2019 03:10 AM

Those are some flashy bowls.


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#7 posted 04-19-2019 03:16 AM

Those are gorgeous, Jim!

I’m gonna have to keep my eye out for some apple wood. We are in the heart of Pennsylvania apple country. Need to look for an orchard they are re-planting.

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

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#8 posted 04-19-2019 03:37 AM

Absolutely stunning work!

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#9 posted 04-19-2019 03:44 AM

That’s some very nice work Jim. Glad you decided to stick with the fractal burning. Just stay safe.
An apple bowl a day keeps Jim_?

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#10 posted 04-19-2019 06:23 AM

Great looking various shapes. Isn’t apple too hard wood to turn?

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 04-19-2019 02:16 PM

If wood could speak, Jim would be storied in wood-lore as the grim reaper 8^)

Beautiful as always Jim!

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#12 posted 04-19-2019 02:22 PM

A good looking bunch of bowls Jim. I liked the fractal ones best, but they all came out really nice.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 04-19-2019 04:00 PM

I love the apple bowls. There are few apple trees in Texas but a buddy gave me a chunk of apple firewood a while back. Even though it was badly crack to begin with and required some CA to bind it together, it was really nice wood to turn. One of my favorites.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#14 posted 04-19-2019 05:38 PM

Thank you all for looking and the nice comments!!

Hi Steve, for the wide crack I used West System epoxy with apple wood dust in it for a thickener. I had to fill it 3 times to completely close it up.

Hi Ivan, the apple wood is very easy to turn..even when dry, but it does crack a lot. I usually cut out the pith, but left it in some of these bowls to get more depth from these limited sized logs.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#15 posted 04-19-2019 05:38 PM

Nice looking bowls Jim! You are definitely motivating me to try fractal burning

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

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