Weed Vase.................Design by Frank Lloyd Wright

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-19-2020 12:56 AM 1003 views 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking at images of weed vases on Google when I came across this copper one designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1893 and made in 1898. I guess it was a challenge to reproduce it when I saw it.
I made it out of cherry and then did an antique copper finish on it. The sixth photo is the original one. Like that one, mine has a 4 1/8” x 4 1/8” base and is 29 1/2” tall. I put a hole down the center only 16 ” deep.

The original one sold for $60,000 at an auction and is now in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

I added some process shots below.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 05-19-2020 01:52 AM

Beautiful build Jim.
That copper paint/patina finish is great. Love the pics of the process.
You are one of the most prolific Lumberjocks ever! Keep it up.

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#2 posted 05-19-2020 02:03 AM

very interesting project Jim. Thanks for the build pics. I may want to research and learn how to get that finish. Nice

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#3 posted 05-19-2020 02:21 AM

Great job! Did you have to add any weights to the base for stability? Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 05-19-2020 03:33 AM

Now that wasn’t what I was expecting, real neat job Jim! Awesome finish too.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 05-19-2020 04:30 AM

Very nice replica Jim. Looks like a lot of effort in getting it right.

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

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#6 posted 05-19-2020 04:43 AM

It looks like a lot of detail work went into this. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#7 posted 05-19-2020 06:43 AM

That looks really beautiful with the Copper patina finish Jim.
Great build and I wonder how this will sell in a hundred years time. Probably $6,000,000.

Thanks for sharing.


-- 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 05-19-2020 11:02 AM

Really nice vase Jim, definitely a lot of thought and work put into this project. Well done. Cheers.

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

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#9 posted 05-19-2020 11:10 AM

very nice vase and super engineering

-- 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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#10 posted 05-19-2020 12:14 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I wanted to post the photo of the piece I used for my details, but it is an HTML file and I was blocked from posting it in this site. I tool all the measurement off the computer screen and used a factor to multiply them by to get actual dimensions to use.

Hi Jim. I used an antique copper kit similar to the the pewter one I used on a mirror frame many years ago. At that time the kit was $9. This kit was $25 and they don’t have them in the stores any more that I could find so I bought one on E bay and the guy has only one left. Here it is:!49508!US!-1

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 05-19-2020 01:10 PM

Nice replication. Good detail. Great pictures of the build.

As far as the picture of the original piece, you could always take a screen shot. Here are some pictures I found.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#12 posted 05-19-2020 01:12 PM

super nice, I love projects that push me to figure out how to do something new. Looking at your VAST projects, I don’t think thats an issue for you, but a great inspiration to me and others.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#13 posted 05-19-2020 01:34 PM

Well, now my ability to get a square/level board seems entirely underwhelming.

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#14 posted 05-19-2020 01:51 PM

Wow Jim you do amazing work. The weed vase is beautiful!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 05-19-2020 02:06 PM

Amazing! Thanks for the process photos.

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

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