Big 5 Wine Bottle Balancer from Africa

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Project by George_SA posted 12-10-2012 05:40 PM 1882 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In South Africa we can buy firewood for a braai (barbecue) from the locals from roadside stalls. I saw that this piece had some nice grain and decided to do something with it. End result was a wine bottle balancer to which I added the Big 5 of African game (Elephant, Tiger, Lion, Buffalo and Rhino) Unfortunately Rhino may soon become extinct due to excessive poaching. Just the horn is cut of which is exported to Vietnam by syndicates from Vietnam. A Rhino may sold for as much as $500 000 US in Vietnam because of a stupid believe that Rhino horn is good for a mans virility. (Sorry just blowing of some steam here)

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 05:43 PM

‘n Baie mooi projek George. En ek stem saam met jou oor die renoster situasie.

(Beautifull Project George. And I agree with you on the Rhino issue)

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 06:03 PM

Beautiful balancer, George..such a unique design from the original log!!...........Jim

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

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 06:15 PM

Beautiful work . That’s one of the few topics I would join you on the soap box for! So many people are selfish and shallow. They’re a detriment to the planet.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-10-2012 06:33 PM

Great work George. I like de wood exotic, de figures added and the think about the Rhino.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 12-11-2012 02:38 PM

Great job! Your project tile caught my eye. I was in South Africa (Giyanai & Johannesburg – Palmridge township) also spent a week in Chibuto, Mozambique back in September on a mission trip. Blessings.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 12-14-2012 04:09 AM

George I think NOAH could appreciate one of these . Very nicely done and original .

-- Kiefer

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