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Project by BarbS posted 1458 days ago 1120 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first bottle stoppers. I used the mini lathe for these instead of the new Robust, as I had to get them done for a birthday gift.
They are made of plum, silver maple, orchard cherry and apricot. Lots of fun to do, though they were certainly more difficult than I expected such a small, easy project to be! Working in miniature doesn’t leave much room to make up for mistakes. Good tool technique practice, though. I’ll have to make some more for Christmas, but I don’t know that I well ever be able to complete one in an hour like production turners do!
Now I’ve been initiated into bottle stoppers.

8/24: added in two more stoppers and a ring holder in a second picture. These are mailed off for a daughter’s birthday present, and the stoppers each have a state quarter inset into the top, one for Washington for her, and one for Vermont for her husband. The ring holder was just to try one. These are fun!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/





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michelletwo

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#1 posted 1458 days ago

Today: Bottle Stoppers Tomorrow: The world!! For firsts they are very cute..they appear to be well crafted & finished well.. Keep fightin’ the good fight!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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lumberdustjohn

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#2 posted 1458 days ago

Very nice!
My favorite is on the left.
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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Karson

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#3 posted 1458 days ago

Nice job. I assume that they were all cut free hand. (No pattern to guide you)

That’s what makes them very unique.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 1458 days ago

Very nice, my favorite is the Plum.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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lew

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#5 posted 1458 days ago

Really Cool, Barbs!!

I really think the fruit wood theme is inspired. After all we have wines made from practically every fruit, why not a stopper- from their tree- as a match!

Lew

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

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BarbS

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#6 posted 1458 days ago

Thanks everyone. The plum is from a root ball, and this is the only one I could get out of the wood because two other blanks were put on the mandrel and as I turned I kept running into big pockets of Dirt. They weren’t worth keeping. Loved all the color, but it was hard to get a usable piece out of it. Next time, I hope I can get trunk wood of a plum tree!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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BarbS

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#7 posted 1457 days ago

Thanks Autumn; when are you due home?
Lew, I hadn’t thought of it as ‘inspired.’ I live in fruitwood country, and use what is available to me. Good selling point though, huh?

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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imallchalkedup

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#8 posted 1457 days ago

Those are nice barb, really like the first and last one.

-- RStadler

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 1457 days ago

Hi Barb;

Beautiful turnings.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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janice

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#10 posted 1457 days ago

Yes they are beautiful turnings.

-- Janice

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BarbS

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#11 posted 1457 days ago

Thanks all. They’re such little things, but can be beautiful if the wood is good. That’s usually true of any work, isn’t it?

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Cher

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#12 posted 1457 days ago

Well done Barb, I like the woods you have chosen. Keep them coming.

Thanks for sharing Barb.

-- When you know better you do better.

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Mary Anne

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#13 posted 1456 days ago

Great going, Barb. They look really nice, especially for firsts.
Each piece you do is bringing you another step closer to making the move to making some masterpieces on that big and beautiful new lathe.

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BarbS

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#14 posted 1456 days ago

O-o-o-o-o-o-o, Snoopy Happy Dance!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Dragonstaar

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#15 posted 1453 days ago

Your work is inspiring me! Now I have to go find a source for fruitwood somewhere …

-- Susannah, Melbourne FL

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