Early Norwegian Wingit Winetote

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 06-08-2013 12:25 PM 1814 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 06-08-2013 02:01 PM

It’s a nice design and a beautifully executed project. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 06-08-2013 02:50 PM

WOW Nice Work…!!!

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#3 posted 06-08-2013 04:16 PM

Beautiful project and very well done Scott. We have thousands of these traditional wine totes here in Norway, but ours are made of cardboard and they have plastic handles. Yours is much nicer!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 06-08-2013 09:46 PM

Mike, I think you knew the write up was for you ;) After your Budstikke story I was inspired, but didn’t have anything real so had to wingit. Delivering the gift in a few minutes with a couple of their favorites on each end, with a wine stopper and a new wine opener to fill in the accessory compartment.

Looking forward to your next Norwegian project and history lesson.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#5 posted 06-08-2013 10:19 PM

That is awesome. I live in the ‘Wine Country’ of Colorado. Those would sell like hotcakes here.

How much do you usually run these for retail?

Just curious

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#6 posted 06-09-2013 02:50 AM

Never made one before, and this was made for a gift, so no clue what it’s worth. Of all the projects I’ve done and posted here, none were sold, just given to family or friends. Feel free to make all you want. Depending on what shops you go to, I’d think it’d be worth at least $100-120 retail. Again, anyone’s guess what people would actually pay for them. Of course it’s the woods you use too. Cocobolo handle just amazed my friends when I gave it to them tonight, because of the vivid range of colors from yellow to orange, red, and black. Add to that the chatoyance of the curly maple, it draws them to it.

Have fun with it. Just to help, I made the two outside bottle areas about 3.5”, and the center one about 3.125”. From inside to inside of the handle, it was 10.75” and the box thickness was 5/8” The dividers were 3/16” thick. Just off the top of my head. There were no plans. Literally wing most of what I make.


-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#7 posted 06-09-2013 09:35 AM

One thing that I try to remember when doing a traditional items is that a lot of the ‘traditional’ styles varied quite a bit depending on the whims and whimseys of the individual craftsmen. I do the same, that is, I start out with a basic design and add my own personal touches as I wish. Your wine tote does have a definite Norwegian aesthetic to it Scott, (maybe because you are Norwegian?).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 06-09-2013 12:27 PM

Out Standing tote, I’m sure that this will go with them on picnics or just out to the patio. You are very creative!

Great Job! and Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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