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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-25-2020 04:28 PM 555 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was not going to post this but it is done so I did. I found this box elder bowl blank near the lathe from years ago and decided to finish it. I originally had the natural edge sanded and finished in antique pewter but I did not like the looks of it ( 3rd shot) so I recut it and made it all antique pewter. It is 8” x 3 1/2” high. I still don’t know if I like it??

I used this piece to try some techniques I learned from a Jimmy Clewes video namely wetting the wood with Denatured Alcohol to raise the grain before final sanding and using a sheer push cut to finish turn and remove end grain roughness. Both worked very well. I had always been used to using a sheer scrape cut for that. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. I got addicted to his videos because I learn so much from him with his down to earth approach to turning.

Cheers, Jim

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





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 05-25-2020 04:52 PM

Well Jim, I don’t about pewter but it sure looks like a river rock with a cavity until you see the bottom. At any rate whatever you tried to accomplish you did because it’s yours and it’s pretty darn nice. I love to coloring, you did a fine job – oh, you don’t have to like it, we know someone will

-- 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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Roger Gaborski

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#2 posted 05-25-2020 05:19 PM

This turned out really nice.
Is the finish a dye or paint? Can you tell me the steps you took in finishing the bowl?

-- Roger Gaborski, http://www.rogergaborski.com

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#3 posted 05-25-2020 06:56 PM

We had Jimmy in Texas a few years back and I took 3workshops with him. I agree with how easy he is to work with. The guy who hosted him had a doctor’s appointment and I took Jimmy to another local about forty miles away and he is a really interesting bloke to talk to. He wanted to see some possible “Dude” ranches to bring his family to so we went the back way. Over a one hour drive so lots of stories were swapped. He told me about his gold hunting exploits around Las Vegas.

Good job on your pewter finish.

-- jstegall

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lew

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#4 posted 05-25-2020 08:06 PM

That’s a really cool finish!

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

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#5 posted 05-25-2020 08:13 PM

Impresive colour.Looks like made of stone!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 05-25-2020 08:27 PM

Yes, it looks a lot like a stone/rock substance, pretty neat bowl. FWIW I like the all pewter better than the rimmed one.

You never know, the guy who did the first “river” tabletop may have said, hmmmmmm, I dunno. He started a craze. It might be some day soon turners will be saying, I made a Jakosh bowl today…..

-- Think safe, be safe

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 05-25-2020 09:24 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. I guess it kinda grows on you the more you look at it.

Hi Dick, maybe I should turn some wooden rocks and coat them with this stuff for a project. Thanks for the idea!. I did want to make a rock waterfall back flow incense burner!!

Hi Roger. This is done with Rustoleum American Accent antique pewter kit. It consists of a spray can of a sliver colored paint and then a half pint can of a water based glaze. After spraying it ( it dries in 20 minutes), you scuff it with this little red pad from the kit and then coat it with this blackish glaze…. it also dries in 20 minutes so you have to start right way dabbing with a wet cloth to make the pattern you like. I then sprayed it with a clear matte finish that is not in the kit. I used the same kind of kit for that copper weed vase I made . There is one copper one, one gold one and 2 pewter ones on E bay..but they are not in the stores anywhere around here.

Hi John, I can imagine that Jimmy Clewes would be a great conversationalist to talk to. You were very lucky to have him along with you!! I read his biography and it is really interesting.

cheers, Jim

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

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John

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#8 posted 05-25-2020 11:20 PM

Well, I’ve been looking back and forth between the copper and pewter finishes, and I’m leaning toward the copper. Jim, between you and Ron Campbell we sure get to see a lot of different looks.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 05-26-2020 12:22 AM

Hopefully the look will grow on you Jim! It’s different and it’s not bad looking!

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 05-26-2020 01:25 AM

Thanks John and Tony!!

Hi John, I like the copper better too!. The pewter did look fantastic on the trim I put around a walnut mirror 15 years ago. I plan to use the pewter on a vase in the future. Ron and I are experimenters!!

Cheers, JIm

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

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#11 posted 05-26-2020 04:02 AM

Great effect with the colour Jim.

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

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#12 posted 05-26-2020 05:39 AM

I really like that finish Jim, it’s something totally different and certainly will be a talking point when it’s shown.

Great job Mate.

Bob

-- 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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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 05-26-2020 11:08 AM

Thanks, Tony and Bob!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 05-26-2020 01:17 PM

Definitely a nice different look Jim. I keep finding myself thinking about trying some kind of different finish on my bowls other than clear. I tried a couple on the past and considered them disastrous and threw them away. I will have to look into some videos before going forward.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 05-26-2020 03:13 PM

thanks, Dave. Just turning bowls gets boring unless you have a rarely beautiful piece of wood or an order for something special/unique. I like trying all kids of things. Variety is the spice of life!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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