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Wine / Bottle Stoppers - Exotic & Native Wood

$30.00$60.00

Wine / Bottle Stoppers – Exotic & Native Wood

$30.00$60.00

Call them wine stoppers or bottle stoppers, their function is the same. They add a sense of beauty and elegance to any bottle that needs sealing. Trying to put the cork back into a wine bottle is not easy but with a wine stopper on hand you can close the contents with a bit of style until you’re ready for the next pour.

These stoppers were one of the first production items I made when I start turning back in 1998. They are a great way to learn proper chisel techniques, form good sanding habits, apply a beautiful finish, learn about the relationship of curves and develop good fundamental designs in woodturning.

A few years ago I was approached by one of the writers at Woodturning Magazine for a profile article on my work. See the question I was asked along with the answer I provided in the description below that sums up the value and importance of what turning this simple form has meant to my woodturning.

Wood Selection

I turn these stoppers from various wood sources. Most of the native wood I harvest as firewood but I keep a close eye for interesting figure or characteristics in the wood. I reserve these choice pieces for turning. From those pieces I cull out and look for the best of the best to make stopper blanks. Native woods include: Hickory, Cherry, Curly Maple, Burls of all kind, Sumac, Black Walnut, Oak, Spalted Maple, etc. I also love to work exotic woods into bottle stoppers: Cocobolo, Bocote, Purpleheart, Paduak, Pink Ivory, Gaboon Ebony, Macassar Ebony, and many more. They all have a unique grain pattern and I hand select each blank to maximize the beauty of that grain.

Metal Spun Overlay Stopper

The metal spun overlay stoppers feature a .025″ layer of solid pewter spun over an exotic wood. I feature Jobillo and Macassar Ebony as the base wood on these stoppers. Traditionally metal spinning involves taking the spun part off the wooden form. In this instance, since the spun part is locked onto the form it cannot be removed. Therefore the form becomes sacrificial. I love the combination of metal and wood and this just adds another element of elegance and uniqueness to my woodturning.

All stoppers feature a stainless steel base so you can rest assured there will be no pitting, rusting or staining of the metal when capping your favorite wines or spirits.  The tapered rubber gasket will fit into just about any liquor bottle, so a one-size-fits-virtually-all. Free stopper gift bag with each stopper purchase.

  • Removable threaded stud makes cleaning the base easy
  • Fits most wine bottles
  • Tapered Rubber Gasket Keeps Stopper Securely in Place and Wine Fresher Longer
  • Well Balanced and Looks Great in any Bottle
  • Approximate Size: 4″ x 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Free Organza Gift Bag with Each Stopper Purchase
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Wine / Bottle Stoppers – Exotic & Native Wood

Call them wine stoppers or bottle stoppers, their function is the same. They add a sense of beauty and elegance to any bottle that needs sealing. Trying to put the cork back into a wine bottle is not easy but with a wine stopper on hand you can close the contents with a bit of style until you’re ready for the next pour.

These stoppers were one of the first production items I made when I start turning back in 1998. They are a great way to learn proper chisel techniques, form good sanding habits, apply a beautiful finish, learn about the relationship of curves and develop good fundamental designs in woodturning.

A few years ago I was approached by one of the writers at Woodturning Magazine for a profile article on my work. The following question & answer sums up the value and importance of what turning this simple form has meant to my woodturning:

Woodturning Magazine Q.: “How would you describe your style?”

Traditional, minimalist at times, sensuous, voluminous, fluid, but most importantly I strive for the fullness of life. Let me tell you a little story about my style. It sounds funny, but true. I learned woodturning and developed my style by turning wine stoppers. Thousands of them. There is something to be said about production work in terms of growth in design and seeing the blossoming of contours which ultimately lead to sensuous forms that please us.  I learned to turn (or developed my style) within production work. It’s very similar to how I learned to draw from sketching thousands of gesture drawings.

Gesture drawings are 1 minute sketches of the human form that capture the essence and life of the model. Whenever I turn a stopper I still approach it the same way: with speed, with feeling and with capturing a mood. I don’t want to get caught up in the details of the piece, just the overall feeling I get from the curves. I always try to incorporate a sense of life into these quick little studies. When I work on larger pieces, like peppermills, I carry that same sense of life into that work as well. I may spend a little more time refining the larger pieces, but these studies keep my work looking fluid.

Stoppers are my warm-ups. I never tire from turning stoppers. I feel as if I can afford to explore freely the subtle changes I make on each one. They’re disposable without investing too much time. It’s also amazing how much one can learn from happy accidents! I can’t thank my wine stopper patrons enough for this education!

Wood Selection

I turn these stoppers from various wood sources. Most of the native wood I harvest as firewood but I keep a close eye for interesting figure or characteristics in the wood. I reserve these choice pieces for turning. From those pieces I cull out and look for the best of the best to make stopper blanks. Native woods include: Hickory, Cherry, Curly Maple, Burls of all kind, Sumac, Black Walnut, Oak, Spalted Maple, etc. I also love to work exotic woods into bottle stoppers: Cocobolo, Bocote, Purpleheart, Paduak, Pink Ivory, Gaboon Ebony, Macassar Ebony, and many more. They all have a unique grain pattern and I hand select each blank to maximize the beauty of that grain.

Metal Spun Overlay Stopper

The metal spun overlay stoppers feature a .025″ layer of solid pewter spun over an exotic wood. I feature Jobillo and Macassar Ebony as the base wood on these stoppers. Traditionally metal spinning involves taking the spun part off the wooden form. In this instance, since the spun part is locked onto the form it cannot be removed. Therefore the form becomes sacrificial. I love the combination of metal and wood and this just adds another element of elegance and uniqueness to my woodturning.

Featured Hardware

All stoppers feature a stainless steel base so you can rest assured there will be no pitting, rusting or staining of the metal when capping your favorite wines or spirits.  The tapered rubber gasket will fit into just about any liquor bottle, so a one-size-fits-virtually-all. Free stopper gift bag with each stopper purchase.

  • Removable threaded stud makes cleaning the base easy
  • Fits most wine bottles
  • Tapered Rubber Gasket Keeps Stopper Securely in Place and Wine Fresher Longer
  • Well Balanced and Looks Great in any Bottle
  • Approximate Size: 4″ x 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
  • Free Organza Gift Bag with Each Stopper Purchase

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African Blackwood, Bocote, Cocobolo, Curly Maple, Ebonized Curly Maple, English Yew, Jobillo, Oak Burl, Olivewood, Pewter Spun Stopper, Purpleheart, Redheart, Satine, Spalted Maple, Sumac, Tulipwood

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