Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Segmented Vessel

In taking a break from the wine bottle stoppers I've been making, I wanted to make something that I haven't done yet. I've always been very impressed with the vessels that trifern (a fellow woodworker at LumberJocks) has posted, so I thought I would start there.

Now don't go thinking that just because it's not a wine bottle stopper that I'll be turning a single piece of wood. Heck no, a segmenting we will go!

This piece is 6" tall and about 3-3/4" in diameter at its widest point. I did make a conscious effort to design this piece with the golden ratio in mind. I decided to create the piece with pine just in case something went horribly wrong, I didn't want to waste my small supply of hardwood. I'm actually a little surprised how well the pine turned.

I haven't applied a finish to the piece yet. The current state is post sanding and I wiped it down with mineral spirits. I haven't decided if I'm going to stain it or not... I'm thinking I might.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Week in Review

This week started out by spending two full days in bed with the flu and the remainder of the week left me feeling drained and exhausted. I could certainly think of better ways to spend my time!

I dropped of the packed wine bottle stoppers headed to Colorado this morning. It's a nice sense of accomplishment that the order is now on its way. Here's the collection prior to packaging:

There is a total of 2299 individual segments used to complete this collection and no two wine bottle stoppers are the same.

As for the packaging of each wine bottle stopper, I wanted it to be something that would provide protection for the wine bottle stopper when in the mail and when the wine bottle stopper is not in use. I also created a Care and Use card to provide some details about how one should take care of their wine bottle stoppers. This card also provides some details about the specific wine bottle stopper, including the serial # and the wood species used.

I do have a few wine bottle stoppers available at my Etsy store, including the one in the photo above.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Time to Catch-Up

well let's see, it's been so long where should I start?

30 projects in 30 days:
I liked the idea of this challenge. I never thought it would have been as hard as it was. I made it to day 15... I hate to admit defeat, but I got my butt handed to me on this one! I may try this challenge again in the future, but I think I will go in a bit more prepared next time.

wine bottle stoppers:
I wanted to starting making these almost two years ago. I finally started when I was asked if I could make twenty of them for a customer/friend in Colorado. I have finally got them all boxed up and ready to ship now.

Etsy Store:
Now that the order of twenty wine bottle stoppers is complete, I can focus on posting more wine bottle stoppers to my Esty Store. Currently I have seven of them listed. I've got five more glued, drilled, tapped and ready to turn. Yesterday I finished the first glue-up phase on three more.

Other Stuff:
I started working on a bookshelf a while back for my eight year old similar to the one I build for my fifteen year old. I pulled that off the shelf about a week ago to get that moving along again. It would be nice if I could get that finished by Christmas or her birthday on January first, but I'm not going to stress myself out about it.