Wine / Bottle Stopper – Spalted Ash

$42.00

Wine / Bottle Stopper – Spalted Ash

Call them a wine stopper or bottle stopper; 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.

Wine Stopper Wood Selection

I turned this stopper from Spalted Ash. Most of the native wood I harvest is firewood, but I keep a close eye for interesting figures or characteristics in the wood. I reserve these choice pieces for turning. From those pieces, I cull out and look for the creme de la creme to make stopper blanks. Native woods include Hickory, Cherry, Curly Maple, Burls of all kinds, 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. Since the figure and characteristics of this wine stopper are so unique, the wine stopper you see in the photo is the wine stopper you will receive. There is only one like this available.

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.

Wine Stopper Facts:

  • Removable threaded stud makes cleaning the base easy
  • Wine stopper fits most wine bottles
  • Tapered Rubber Gasket Keeps Wine 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
  • The Wine Stopper you see in the photo is the one you will get!

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Wine / Bottle Stopper – Spalted Ash

Call them a wine stopper or bottle stopper; 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 when I started 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 strange but it’s 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 develop my style) within production work. It’s 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, feeling, and capturing a mood. I don’t want to get caught up in the piece’s details, just the overall feeling I get from the curves. I always try to incorporate a sense of life into these quick minor studies. When I work on larger pieces, like pepper mills, I carry that same sense of life into that work. I may spend a little more time refining the larger pieces, but these studies keep my work looking fluid.

The wine stopper is my warm-up. I never tire from turning stoppers. I feel I can afford to explore freely the subtle changes that develop 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!

Wine Stopper Wood Selection

I turn these stoppers from various wood sources. Most of the native wood I harvest is firewood, but I keep a close eye for interesting figures or characteristics in the wood. I reserve these choice pieces for turning. From those pieces, I cull out and look for the creme de la creme to make stopper blanks. Native woods include Hickory, Cherry, Curly Maple, Burls of all kinds, 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. Since the figure and characteristics of this wine stopper are so unique, the wine stopper you see in the photo is the wine stopper you will receive. There is only one like this available.

Featured  Wine Stopper 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.

Wine Stopper Facts:

  • 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

Additional information

Weight 3 oz
Dimensions 4 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

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