|Project by richgreer||posted 01-20-2012 05:49 PM||1689 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
I’ve turned several sets of wine glasses. They make great gifts. This time I adopted a slightly different philosophy. In the past, I tried to replicate what a typical wine glass looks like. I strived for a much skinnier design. I usually took the stem down to about 1/4”.
This time I asked myself why a wood based wine glass needs to be shaped like a typical all glass one. I decided that a bulkier base may be more comfortable in the hand and look more appropriate for a wood based wine glass, The narrowest portion of the stem is just below 1/2”. In my opinion, these wine glasses feel good in the hand. despite the fact that they have not been adequately tested (yet).
The wood is English walnut and I finished it with Shellac, followed by the standard 3 step buffing process.
For anyone considering making wine glasses, be advised that the glass bulbs are hand blown and they are not all exactly the same size. These two glass bulbs have nubs (that insert into the wood) with diameters that differ by 1/32nd of an inch. I needed to use a different drill bit for each. Of course, the wood is not exactly the same shape either, despite my efforts to make them as close to identical as possible.
I think the fact that each wine glass is just a little bit different due to each being hand made is, in itself, part of the appeal of these glasses.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.