Elf Bottle topper

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Project by mpounders posted 07-30-2013 02:53 PM 1230 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a basswood bottle topper from a Mark Akers roughout. He’s a happy little fellow, possibly from the fumes in his bottle? The back has a hole drilled and carved for the stopper. I just used a cork with a dowel glued in the center. I inserted in my drill press and sanded it round, and reduced the size to fit well in a bottle. Thank’s for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 07-30-2013 03:23 PM


-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 07-30-2013 04:12 PM

Wowza, amazing work…..So real looking…. A+

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 07-30-2013 04:40 PM

Very nice !

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 04:52 PM

Very jolly looking Elf.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 07-30-2013 06:14 PM

great work, he’s got such a wonderfully expressive face.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 07-30-2013 09:53 PM

I think you’re right Mike, this happy little feller looks like he’s had a bit more than a sniff.
Fabulous little piece of carving & painting

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 07-31-2013 12:53 AM

Stop Clapping, I said Stop Clapping!!! Mike already knows he is the best carver here on LJ’S LOL!!
But really no kidding!! I think you are the best downright carver on the site!!
Great work on the Elf, he is very cute!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#8 posted 07-31-2013 04:29 AM

Not only is the carving first rate, but the colors are so vivid. Wow!

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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#9 posted 07-31-2013 05:43 AM

Very nice

-- Vince

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#10 posted 07-31-2013 01:00 PM

You are just a super-carver, Mike

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 07-31-2013 01:04 PM

nice work me and the wife and girls love following your work.

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#12 posted 07-31-2013 01:08 PM

O boy you should be so proud ! You have great talent & skill.. Amazing work.
Advise everyone here to look through your other projects very inspiring

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#13 posted 07-31-2013 03:45 PM

Thanks all for the flattering comments! I’m still just a novice compared to carvers like Roger, Jordan, Lydia and others on here. But I’m having fun and staying out of trouble!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#14 posted 08-03-2013 01:17 PM

You don’t look like a novice to me. Your characters always have so much character… and to me, that carries more weight than technique and the such.

I always enjoy checking out your carvings/sculptures.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#15 posted 08-03-2013 01:28 PM

That’s a great carving, Mike.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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