Mardi Gras Stopper

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Project by Doe posted 09-21-2013 12:07 PM 1267 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used Verawood, Purpleheart, and part of a Christmas ornament kit to symbolize justice, faith, and power. The bottom of the ornament kit seemed too small so I used the top and I added a bit of Purpleheart to fill in the hole.

Considering Mardi Gras is so over the top, I had planned on beads, coves, and texturing galore, but I just couldn’t do it. I normally prefer simple lines, to have the wood speak for itself. It was fun to do and I’ll try again—Mardi Gras beads . . . doubloons . . . sheet brass . . . brass powder and epoxy over texturing . . . the possibilities are endless. Thanks for looking.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#1 posted 09-21-2013 12:59 PM

Nice work some really cool details.

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

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#2 posted 09-21-2013 01:35 PM

Being a native and resident of the New Orleans area, I had to comment when I saw “Mardi Gras”.

This is a beautiful stopper, but there is really no such thing as a Mardi Gras bottle stopper, because the bottles are always open during Mardi Gras. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 09-21-2013 05:01 PM

Very Very nice stopper. I did not know you liked Mardi Gras, too. I could have sent you some beads and doubloons from New Orleans in the package I sent you!!. I have a chest full!. Next time I’ll do that!.......Cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 09-21-2013 06:20 PM


Charlie, I should have known – I stand corrected :) I love New Orleans and Louisiana. In fact, the only place I’ve ever been to by choice is New Orleans; we did trips to the bayou and along the Mississippi that were amazing. We came from Quebec originally, and the similarities between the cultures were surprisingly similar (although I prefer Louisiana).

Jim, that’s too bad. I have a few beads but no doubloons. We’ll have to trade some time; I’ve got my eye out for crotch wood for you.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#5 posted 09-21-2013 06:21 PM

A fine piece of work. Very nice.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 09-22-2013 03:28 AM

Mardi Gras on tap .
Kind of looks like a barrel tap to me and I like it .
Let the good times roll wherever you are .

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 09-25-2013 01:36 PM

Beautiful stopper! Like the mix of timbers, the purple heart on top is a great accent and really stand out. Great work!

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#8 posted 06-26-2015 11:13 AM

awesome work, Doe!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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