Alder Bowl

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-01-2019 02:51 PM 758 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is loose end that I had laying near the lathe for a while and I decided to finish it for the show tomorrow.
I got this big alder log from a firewood pile in Washington State. It was twice as long but it was very cracked so I cut off half of the height and burned it and still had some cracks to contend with in this piece. I filled them with powdered gold stone and CA glue. I’ll never use that in a turning again unless I can just sand it. It dulled 4 bowl gouges to just clean up the fills. Actually the fleck in the gold stone does not show up very well in this small of an area.

This bowl is 10” x 3” high and finished with Danish oil and buffed and waxed.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 11-01-2019 03:06 PM

still a beautiful bowl shape GREAT JOB :<))

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#2 posted 11-01-2019 03:15 PM

Lovely wood. Really like the finished foot.

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

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#3 posted 11-01-2019 03:26 PM

Nice save Jim. Too bad the gold stone doesn’t show up more. I don’t believe I ever turned a piece of Alder before.

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

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#4 posted 11-01-2019 03:49 PM

simply beautiful jim.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 11-01-2019 04:03 PM

Good looking bowl Jim, to my knowledge I’ve never used alder – gonna try to find some

-- 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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#6 posted 11-01-2019 05:47 PM

Beautiful bowl Jim even if the gold flakes don’t show…nice. now get to work resharpening those tools…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 11-01-2019 06:10 PM

Looks nice Jim! Beautiful finish too!

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

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#8 posted 11-01-2019 08:30 PM

A very elegant shape, thanks for posting.

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#9 posted 11-01-2019 09:55 PM

Very nice Jim, all the best at the show.

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

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#10 posted 11-02-2019 01:48 AM

Pretty bowl, Jim. Good luck at the show!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 11-02-2019 02:31 AM

In memory of “Fridge”
Nice job

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#12 posted 11-02-2019 04:15 AM

I really LIKE the shape! Very COOL & NICE!

Great Works … as usual!

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#13 posted 11-02-2019 06:49 AM

Very nice Jim…Danish Oil gives a great finish…What kind of wax do you use and is it permanent or does the project need more wax over time?
The underside of the Bowl has a nice shape and smooth lines…Good project!!!!!



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

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#14 posted 11-02-2019 08:15 AM

Still a nice save.I like it.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#15 posted 11-02-2019 10:45 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I hope someone likes it at the sale today!!

Hi Cliff I buff on carnuba wax and it stay nice and smooth and shiny for a long time on hard hardwoods. But wood like box elder dulls unless I use a shellac sealer after the Danish oil.

Cheers, Jim

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

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