One of a Kind Handcrafted Wood Wine Stoppers

handcrafted recessed Wine bottle stoppers Michael's Woodcraft, Greenville South Carolina local woodwork woodwork

handcrafted recessed Wine bottle stoppers Michael's Woodcraft, Greenville South Carolina local woodwork woodwork

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

Wine Bottle Stopper - Maple Burl with Purple and white acrylic

handcrafted Unique wood Wine bottle stoppers Michael's Woodcraft, Greenville South Carolina local woodwork artist, buy wine stopper Michaels Woodcraft Personalized Greenville SC woodwork woodcrafts mother's day gifts father's day gifts wedding gifts

handcrafted Unique wood Wine bottle stoppers Michael's Woodcraft, Greenville South Carolina local woodwork artist, buy wine stopper Michaels Woodcraft Personalized Greenville SC woodwork woodcrafts mother's day gifts father's day gifts wedding gifts

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



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!



New Boards Made The Last Month


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!



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!


Above: Black Walnut and Maple

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


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!


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



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



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!




Making My Wood Conditioner!


I spent a couple hours this afternoon making my Wood Conditioner today because I only had a few tins available. If you are not familiar with my Wood Conditioner, when used on your wood cutting board, wood utensils or anything wood it will penetrate and helps to revive, condition and protect it. I also use it on my cast iron pans for conditioning. Read more about my Wood Conditioner!

I have a label on the lid and the bottom that I apply by hand. Labels are done for the lids in the above photo!


Tins ready to fill, I use the syringe to fill each tin, it makes for easy work and clean up too! Each tin will be filled with my Food Grade Mineral oil and Food Grade Beeswax mixture. It will be hot but once cooled becomes solid.


Once the tins are filled, it takes about an hour for the Wood Conditioner to cool and harden. Above are three tins that were filled at different times, the one in the middle has not cooled and gotten solid just yet.


They are all done, cooled, labeled and ready!


Check out my End Grain Cutting Boards!


Maple & Paduak



I started two end grain cutting boards last week, One was Maple and Cherry (left), the other was Maple and Pakauk (right). Paduak is an orange-red color wood from South America.

The Maple and Paduak boards is to the right, first glue-up. In this post I am going to show you the finishing process of the Maple and Padauk end grain board.


The above picture shows the second glue-up for the final pattern.  It’s dry  and ready to go to the Jet belt sander to get it flat on both sides. This board will finish out at 10 inches wide, 16 inches long and 2 inches thick. Once flat I sanded all sides from 120 grit up to 600 grit.


What looks like water is food grade mineral oil. After being in the food grade mineral oil bath for over an hour I removed it to let it air dry. I will let it dry over night before wiping it down with a cotton cloth.


Another view of this board that shows the finger pull, I cut one on each side to make it easier to lift. This board was finished with  food grade mineral oil, then my wood conditioner that is a food grade mineral oil and food grade beeswax mixture.














Strawberry Pies and Tarts


This time of year I love making and eating Strawberry Pies and tarts. Yesterday afternoon I made a pie and tarts. They have been in the  fridge since yesterday but I could not wait any longer to have a taste!! I know it’s just before dinner but what the theck!!


If you like Strawberry pie and tarts, you can get y recipes from my post last year, Best Ever Strawberry Pie recipe! This is a very easy recipe and it is delicious!!!


Photo credit Rina Jordan, wonderful photo of my Walnut Cheese Board, check out her website, Rina Jordan Photography






Giveaway Enter to Win!


I have teamed up with Golden Barrel Baking Products for a fun baker’s giveaway.  One random follower of @MichaelsWoodcraft Instagram and/or @GoldenBarrelbp Instagram will win an 8 inch round, handcrafted walnut cutting board from Michael’s WoodCraft and several baking ingredients and mixes from Golden Barrel.




How to enter:

1.       Must be a follower of #MichaelsWoodcraft and #GoldenGarrelbp and leave a comment that you follow both on both accounts under this giveaway photo.

2.       For a 2nd entry, regram this photo. Must  use the hashtag #michealswoodcraft and #goldenbarrelbp in regrammed photo on your Instagram page to qualify (must contain both hashtags).

Contest begins today at 10:00 AM Eastern time, Wednesday, February 18th for all USA residents only. Winner will be chosen at random through and announced Wednesday, February 25th  at 7:00 pm ET. Good luck!

Click this link for MichaelsWoodcraft Instagram page and this link for GoldenBarrelbp Instagram page!

Good Luck!!!


handcrafted ice cream scoop