One of a Kind Handcrafted Wood Wine Stoppers

Wine Bottle Stoppers Michael's Woodcraft Greenville SC

Unique Wine Bottle Stoppers!

Wine bottle stopper Padauk and Black Ash Eeye Burl

handcrafted wine bottle stoppers Michael's Woodcraft

Happy Valentines everyone!

Since New Year’s I have not spent much time in the shop which has given me some time to think about my work and how precious and valuable our time is.

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Over the years I have made a lot of wine bottle stoppers on my wood lathe. The problem has always been once on the wind bottle, they were to tall to get into the fridge without lowering the fridge shelf. I’ve solved this problem by designed a recessed wine bottle stopper. I’ve made the cork disappear inside the wood turning. They have turned out beautiful! Check them out…

Unique wooden wine bottle stopper Michael's Woodcraft

Above; all of these were handcrafted with the combination of Black Ash Eye Burl, Padauk and Black Veneer.

Handcrafted wine bottle stopper Michael's Woodcraft

Above: Wine Bottle Stopper handcrafted with Maple Burl stabilized and dyed green along with African Blackwood.

Handcrafted Wine Bottle Stopper - Yellow Ceadr burl Michael's Woodcraft

I want to share a few pictures of the wine bottle stoppers I have turned. Each one is unique but the design is similar.

Handturned wood Wine Bottle Stopper Black Ask Eye Burl and Padauk

Close up picture showing the burl wood grain and the recessed cork.

Handcrafted wine bottle stoppers Michael's Woodcraft

The above two I made using Maple Burl and blue dyed Busheye Burl. I wanted to see how the blue dyed Buckeye Burl would look when finished.

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Above, African Blackwood, Holly and Hybrid Maple Burl and Blue Acrylic

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The above picture is an African Blackwood, Padauk and Holly wine bottle stopper in progress of being turned on my lathe.

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Above, African Blackwood, Padauk and Holly

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unique wood handcrafted wine bottle stoppers Michael's Woodcraft

above, left to right:
Maple Burl, African Blackwood and Holly
Dyed Blue Maple Burl, African Blackwood and Holly
Dyed Teal Maple Burl, African Blackwood and Holly
Black Ash Eye Burl, African Blackwood and Holly
Padauk, African Blackwood and Holly

Handcrafted Wood Wine Bottle Stoppers

Below, a few pictures showing my Wine Bottle Stoppers being finished on the lathe.

Maple Burl Dyed Blue Wine Bottle Stopper

Maple Dyed Blue Wine Bottle Stopper

Maple Dyed Violet Wine Bottle Stopper

Maple Dyed Violet Wine Bottle Stopper

Maple Dyed Blue Wine Bottle Stopper

Wine Bottle Stopper in progress Maple burl and apple green acrylic Michael's woodcraft

handcrafted wood wine bottle stoppers Michael's Woodcraft

handcrafted wine bottle stopper in progress Michael's Woodcraft

above, handcrafted wine bottle stopper in progress on the lathe. Stabilized Box Elder Burl dyed teal.

More unique wine bottle stoppers coming soon!

 

Be sure to check out my cutting boards!

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Overnight Cinnamon French Toast Bake

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If you enjoy French Toast, you will like this easy overnight recipe.

1 load of French bread, cubed

8 eggs

3 cups of milk

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 Tbsp vanilla

1/4 cup melted butter

2/3 cup confectioners sugar

extra ingredients that you may like that I include,

1/3 cup of pecans

1/2 Tsp cinnamon

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Arrange the bread cubes in a lightly greased 9 x 13 baking dish.

Beat eggs, milk, sugar, salt and vanilla in a bowl until frothy. Add pecan and cinnamon if you like. Drizzle slowly over all the bread

Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge 6 to 36 hours.

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Heat oven to 350 degree F. Remove plastic wrap and the loosely cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes depending on your oven. We like our French Toast a little brown on top so after baking I will place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes.

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Baste with the melted butter and sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Return to over for 5 minutes.

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Easy recipe, I hope you give this one a try even if you don’t like French Toast!

Enjoy your Sunday!

 

Black Walnut and Maple end grain board.

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Black Walnut and Maple End Grain Cutting Board

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Black Walnut and hard rock Maple End Grain Cutting Board

I wanted to share with you a little bit of the process of making an end grain cutting board. I am making two boards using a combination of Black Walnut and hard rock Maple. These two woods will give a nice contract of color. The final size of each board will be 14″ x 20″ x 1-1/2″ thick.

The first step is to hand pick nice hardwood, preferably woods with nice grain, color, square, no splitting and no worm holes. If you purchased wood, let the wood acclimate to the conditions of your shop for a week before starting your project. Knowing the final size of the board allows you to calculate the total board feet of hardwood required to make the board. Keep in mind that there are numerous cuts and glue ups in the process. You need to account for all of the cuts as each cut on a table saw waste 1/8 of material.

Prepare your cuts for the best use of the hardwood and the design.  If you plan to use different types of woods, you may need more board feet of one wood verses the other based on your design. Since this board is primary Black Walnut, I will need more Black Walnut than Maple.

Plan your cuts based on final size of the board. Start by cutting the wood into strips. The size of the strips is determined based on the final design and size of the board. Glue all of the strips together in the sequence of your design, leaving the boards in the clamps for a minimum of 24 hours.

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The above photo shows the Black Walnut and Maple strips, this is the first glue up. After removing the glued strips from the clamps, both surfaces were sanded smooth to size per my design.

Next step was to cross cut the above boards into strips that are 1-5/8 wide, which will make a 1-5/8 thick board. The 1-5/9 thickness provides 1/8″ for flattening both surfaces and all the sanding. After cutting the strips, each piece is carefully placed in the proper sequence based on the design. Every other piece is the opposite of the last piece.  After each piece is in order, it is time for the second glue up.

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The above photo shows the second glue up of all of the strips that were cut to 1-5/8″. This will be the final design.

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In the above photo, after 24 hours, I removed the boards from the clamps. I then cut the board to size, 14 x 20 inch and started sanding the surface on all sides. The final thickness will be 1-1/2 inch. Once this is completed, I will cut finger pulls of each end and then sand them smooth. My sanding process starts at 120 grit up to the final grit of 300.

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The sanding took nearly an hour to go from 120 grit to 300 grit. They are looking good, flat on all surfaces and all sanded. Next step is to cut the finger pulls, then apply the final finish.

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The above photo shows the board after cutting the finger pulls, sanding the finger pulls and applying the final finish.

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Finished boards!

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I hope you enjoyed my post!

 

 

Brooklyn Blackout Cake

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If you have not tried the Brooklyn Blackout Cake you need to give this recipe a try. This  cake is a rich dark chocolate cake that has a rich chocolate pudding between the layers and is frosted with a rich dark chocolate ganache. Everyone in our family loves this cake, it’s really delicious! I made this cake yesterday and it is almost all been eaten!!

It’s been awhile since I last posted and I have missed blogging and posting with everyone!

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This homemade cake is easy to make in three easy steps. Step 1, make the pudding, then the cake and last the ganache. This recipe can found at Taste of Home website.

Be sure to make the pudding 2-3 hours ahead of time so that it has had time to cook before assembling the cake. Making the cake does not require using a mixer, everything is mixed in a heavy pot on your stove. The ganache is simple too!

Assembling the cake is easy too, then place your cake in the fridge to set. In about an hour you will be ready to eat!

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If you enjoy a rich chocolate cake, you should give this recipe a try!

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Enjoy your Sunday!!

 

 

 

 

 

Engraved Ice Cream Scoops!

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Over the last few months I have handcraft over 70 ice cream scoops and engraved more then 40 of them. I wanted to share with you some of the pictures!

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The above ice cream scoop was a gift to Maryland Coach Turgeon!

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Above: My customer sent me a picture of Maryland Coach Turgeon with the ice cream scoop!

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Whimsical ice cream scoops!

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Curly black walnut handle engraved.

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I am now also engraving serving boards and cutting boards!

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Above: Wedding gift

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The above scoop was also a wedding gift and it had engraving on the topside and bottom side.

 

Everyone seems to be enjoying ice cream this summer!! I know I have had my share of Ice cream too!

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Above, Curly Black Walnut and Blackwood engraved scoops.

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The above Ice Cream Scoop was made for a FedEx sales rep that is on the State Government Team!

Personalized Ice Cream Scoop Michael's Woodcraft

above, Amaze Bold script font

Engraved personalized ice cream scoop Michael's Woodcraft

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Engraved personalized ice cream scoops

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personalized engraved ice cream scoop Michael's Woodcraft

engraved personalized ice cream scoop Michael's Woodcraft

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wedding gift engraved ice cream scoop Michael's Woodcraft

engraved ice cream scoop Michael's Woodcraft

wedding gift engraved ice cream scoop Michael's Woodcraft

 

 

 

Summer Ice Cream!

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This time of year everyone is enjoying their favorite ice cream and favorite toppings. The variety of ice cream and toppings is endless. Everyone loves chocolate, what is your favorite? What’s your favorite topping, brownies, marshmallows, nuts, chocolate syrup, caramel, cookie dough, etc.?

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Months ago on Instagram I met a wonderful person and an amazing artist, her name is Deb. We both had been following,  liking, commenting and admiring each others work. Through many emails we got to know each other and decided to arrange a trade. 

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Deb decided that she like black walnut and wanted a nice size cutting board. She told me that she was in the middle of a kitchen remodel and I was envisioning how beautiful her kitchen was going to be.

My wife, also a Debbie and I love pottery. I had been looking for a couple of ice cream bowls to match our kitchen. Before I knew it we had worked out a trade.

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Deb made me the most beautiful ice cream bowls, I love them and they do match our kitchen colors. The are on display in our kitchen, only when they are not being used!

Check out Deb’s post on the black walnut cutting board, Honey Lavender Lightly Frozen with Fruit. Deb is a very talented artist, check out her pottery on her blog and/or her Instagram!

I love my ice cream bowls and I am so glad I met Deb, maybe someday we will meet in person!

So, what is your favorite ice cream and toppings?

 

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New Boards Made The Last Month

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Above: Black Walnut Board

I thought I would post today a few of the boards that I have made this month. There were a few more that I made but did not get a picture of them!

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Above: Ambrosia Maple, Cherry and Black Walnut

This one is 14 inch in diameter and has a lot of different grain character and colors, it’s stunning!

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Above: Black Walnut and Maple

Customer wanted a long board to place beside her range, 22 inches long and 6-1/2 inches wide.

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Above: Black Walnut and Maple end grain cutting board

Rachel was looking for a unique board that could take lot of use. See her picture below!

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The above photo was taken by Rachel, she is a wonderful cook, check out her Instagram page, @5280Meat

 

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Above: Black Walnut board with handle.

Check out Trina’s picture below of this board, round board and ice cream scoop! Trina is a wonderful cook, check out her Instagram page, @Paleo_Newbie_Recipes

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As a gift with every order I send a free tin of Wood Conditioner. My Wood Conditioner is homemade combining a mixture of food-grade mineral oil and pure food grade beeswax. It will help you maintain the finish on your boards, reviving, condition and help protect your boards from moisture and drying out.

Enjoy your afternoon!