A Wine Stopper - 375 Year old Oak, 500 Year old Walnut, & Titanium!

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 12-25-2011 09:03 AM 1257 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
A Wine Stopper - 375 Year old Oak, 500 Year old Walnut, & Titanium!
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Here comes one of our “green” efforts … its just unbelievable how much scrap is produced in a shop! We tend to end up burning a lot of stuff, but there’s some wood you just CAN NOT sacrifice even if it’s used to cook a great steak.

Project by Michael Pietras – he’s joined in under the Artisans of the Valley umbrella hanging around with my father, Bob, and I and occasionally other random talent!

Mike’s tendency to want to turn things kicked in and a small piece of this mysterious 375 year old oak we came to be working with along with a little piece of English King’s Wood Walnut were combined and attached to a titanium stopper to create a very unique object … which well recorks a bottle of wine!

We really want to use our scrap, but time doesn’t often allow as we’re constantly working on the main commissions and restorations!

One of these days I’ll get on the lathes and crank out some interesting round things. Getting the urge to pickup random pieces of burl and see what spins out!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 12-25-2011 01:51 PM

Very nice. Ancient wood attached to a metal that will never age. It got me looking for titanium stopper material. Found it at Penn State, the pen people.

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 10:16 AM

Woodworkers Supply has them also – a few sources out there. I like the opposing materials also. The King’s wood could be closer to 4-500 years old, held in a friends family for generations since it was milled in the 1800’s. The walnut tree was probably close to 2-300 years old itself.

We have a small piece of it we’re going to have made into a few really nice pens. In fact that’s going to be an ongoing project – getting pens made with every known wood. And of course they are pens so that can include the little shrubs and sticks of interest. Plus of course all the different things like burl, spalted, curly, birds eye, etc.

We’re also scavenging wood … interesting stuff turning up on the side of the road lately!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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