Friday, October 29, 2010

Stop the Wine, Hand Turned Wine Stoppers

Each year I search for a new small project that will work as stocking stuffers for my family.  Well, here is this years project.  I am also offering these for sale through some local galleries as well as directly through my website.  I turn them from native Vermont hardwoods and each one is a bit different from the last.  The actual stopper part is solid stainless steel.  Most stoppers of this type are made from chromed steel that will eventually pit and corrode. These will not.  The rubber stops are designed to fit various sizes of wine bottles. 
A few examples are below.  I believe that they will make great gifts and I will ship them to you for $30. each.  $55. for 2 stoppers.  $80. for 3.  (or $25. each plus $5. for shipping)
Send me an email if you'd like to place an order.

Let me know if you are interested or if you have any ideas. A few examples are below. Click the images to make them easier to see.  Next time, I will photograph them against a dark background. That should make them jump out a bit more.

Happy Fall,

Friday, October 8, 2010

Cherry Pencil Post Bed

The defining elements of the pencil post bed are the posts that go from a square to about mattress height and then switch to an eight sided taper.  These are a lot of fun to make as there is quite a bit of hand and eye work involved.  The posts are sawn to a four sided taper on the table saw and then marked with a spar makers scribe.   Then the lamb's tongue is chiseled and finally the new four facets are hand planed to the scribe lines.  You can see the other beds on my website here.  Lately,  I have been asked to do cherry beds with a milk paint finish.  They really are nice. The milk paint is worn off a bit at the edges of the facets which really lets you see the geometry of the parts but also lets the red high lights of the cherry come through.