Honey Sticks

Honey Sticks, engraved honey sticks, Michaels Woodcraft

Above: walnut wood honey sticks

I have started making my Honey Sticks again in Walnut and Cherry wood. New design plus engraving. The holes are honey cone shaped and adding engraving makes them unique and special. I can also do custom engraving for you if you like!

Handcrafted Walnut honey dipper stick

These Honey Sticks work great for dipping honey!


engraved cherry honey sticks

Above: Cherry wood honey sticks

personalized engraved wooden honey sticks ichaels Woodcraft



Honey Sticks

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Honey Sticks Michael's Woodcraft

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Below: Walnut catchall trays


Catchall tray engraved walnut Michaels Woodcraft


wood catchall tray pineapple engravings Michaels Woodcraft








One of a Kind Handcrafted Wood Wine Stoppers

Wine Bottle Stopper handcrafted Maple Burl and apple green acrylic Michael's Woodcraft

Wine Bottle Stoppers Michael's Woodcraft Greenville SC

Handcrafted Wine Bottle Stoppers!

wine bottle stoppehandcrafted Michael's Woodcraft Greenville SC

Wine bottle stoppers Stabilized Box Elder Burl Michael's Woodcraft

Above: Stabilized Box Elder Burl natural

handcrafted wine bottle stoppers Michael's Woodcraft

Above: Dyed gold and green Box Elder  Burl wine bottle stoppers

handcrafted wine bottle stoppers Michael's Woodcraft

Wine Bottle Sto Michael's Woodcraftppers Maple Burl and colored acrylic 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.

wood wine bottle stoppers Michael's Woodcraft

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. Photo above by Bob Bernotsky

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.

Handcrafted wood wine bottle stopper

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


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

wood wine bottle stoppers - Michael's Woodcraft

Above, African Blackwood, Padauk and Holly

unique wood handturned wine bottle stoppers Michael's Woodcraft

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.

Wine Bottle Stoppers handcrafted Stabilized Spalted Hackberry and Box Elder Burl

Above, left stabilized natural Spalted Hackberry, right stabilized natural Box Elder Burl


More unique wine bottle stoppers coming soon!


Be sure to check out my cutting boards!

Walnut Serving Board Veggie Pizza



Overnight Cinnamon French Toast Bake


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


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.


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.


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


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.





Black Walnut and Maple End Grain Cutting Board


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Finished boards!




I hope you enjoyed my post!



Brooklyn Blackout Cake


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!


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!


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


Enjoy your Sunday!!