|Project by Scott Oldre||posted 06-08-2013 12:25 PM||1427 views||4 times favorited||8 comments|
Have some neighbors that are getting married this week. They’re always bringing their wine to the parties in the neighborhood, so I thought it would be appropriate to make them an authentic Early Norwegian Wingit Winetote. Rumor has it that Lief Erickson was the first to bring this handy item to American shores, although no examples or pictures exist to the best of my knowledge. Like I said, its a rumor.
So given the name, that’s exactly what I did, I winged it, I’m Norwegian (at least 75%), and it totes wine and accessories rather well, after rigorous testing, so it’s absolutely authentic.
Made of non-spectacular curly maple, walnut bottom, dividers, and pins, and a truly prized piece of cocobolo that I turned a long time ago, just to see what was inside that waxed square. It’s been sitting around for quite awhile in cylindrical form, and I decided now was the time to use if for something absolutely vital to the neighborhood, totin wine. The handle is connected to the box, by the obvious Norwegian styled half lap and pinned curly maple handle hangers. Those hangers were 3/4” curly, cut into 2” width, then slapped on the lathe for a little embellishment, then hand sanded the remaining top and bottom down to the shape you see. I was tempted to put some kind of design in the center using the scroll saw, but stopped myself with a “Less is More” conversation with myself.
Lastly, their names are Brad and Kay, and a last name starting with an E so I came up with a moniker/logo to add to the piece. I figure Brad would/should always be there to back up Kay, so turned his B around, and viola, it’s also an E. How fortuitous was that.
Hope you enjoy, I know I did. Oh, finished with cherry danish oil (kind of wished I would have used a bigger test piece because I wasn’t loving the pink when I first started the actual tote.) Oh well. Then a simple Brixwax coat. No time for anything else, they leave for thier wedding tomorrow. Now just have to grab two bottles of their favorite wine and send it with them.
-- Scott, Irmo SC