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  • Viking bottlestopper

    Here's a Viking that I recently finished.

    Joe

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    He's a pretty neat looking Viking. Great detail. How do you hold a carving like that while you're working on it? Is the head of the carving at the top of a block of wood? Do you then cut off the bottom of the block when you're finished? How do you attach the cork to the neck? Where do you get the corks? Why do a bottle stopper, rather than a bust type of carving?

    I'm just curious? I've never tried a bottle stopper.
    Rodster
    https://rodster.ca

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    • #3
      Nice one Joe. I am smiling reading all of Rodster's questions. I am wondering if you are planning a big party, thus the various bottle stoppers? Perhaps you opened a bottle of wine (Vikings drank wine, and ale), used the cork to fit the Viking. He would look good on a bottle of wine or ale!
      Last edited by toycarver; 11-08-2018, 11:55 PM.

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      • #4
        Great job Joe, he has that stern look you would expect from a Viking warrior
        . . .JoeB

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        • #5
          That is one great viking mustache Joe. Happy drinking. Here's to ya.
          If I took the time to fix all my mistakes, I wouldn,t have time to make new ones.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rodster View Post
            He's a pretty neat looking Viking. Great detail. How do you hold a carving like that while you're working on it? Is the head of the carving at the top of a block of wood? Do you then cut off the bottom of the block when you're finished? How do you attach the cork to the neck? Where do you get the corks? Why do a bottle stopper, rather than a bust type of carving?

            I'm just curious? I've never tried a bottle stopper.
            Thanks Rodster. As for holding it, this one is about 3 1/2 inches tall and not any harder to hold than most figures I do. The head is at the top of the block but there wasn't any extra.

            I use wine bottle corks (of which there is a good supply) and attach them with a dowel. I seldom use them for bottlestoppers, just for display. These last ones were ends of blocks that were cut off and were too short for most other figures (scrap wood).
            Joe

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            • #7
              Thanks Kris, good to hear from you. I should have a party, but like I told Rodster, mostly it's a way to use some shorter blocks and wine bottle corks.
              Joe

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              • #8
                Thanks Joe, I hope he doesn't look too mean, cause he's a friendly Viking (as long as you do what he says).

                Thanks Tom, I suppose that stache gets in his ale sometimes.
                Joe

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                • #9
                  Nice work, Joe!

                  Rodster: On my bottle stoppers, I drill a hole in the bottom of the block before go to the bandsaw and before I begin carving. Used wine bottle corks need a 3/8 inch dowel. Take a scrap piece of board about 1.5 inches thick by 2-3 inches wide by 2-3 inches long (or larger) and drill a 3/4 inch hole through the 1.5 side. Now go to the saw and cut the wood in half right through the center of the hole. These two halves can be pressed together around a wine cork to hold it while drilling a 3/8 inch hole through the cork.

                  If you want to actually use the stopper in a bottle of wine, I'd recommend either these https://www.woodcraft.com/products/w...ppers-10-piece or this https://www.woodcraft.com/products/b...tainless-steel The Silicone ones use a 1/2 inch dowel and the SS one uses an 11/32 drill to make a hole it can screw into. I have used both of these. Woodcraft also has this one https://www.woodcraft.com/products/w...-stopper-black which is less expensive than the SS one, but the same shape.

                  You can also recess the cork into the wood so it doesn't show by drilling a 1.25 inch hole with a Forstner bit to whatever depth you want. I usually recess it about 1/2 inch. The larger hole will allow the carving to extend below the top of the bottle a bit. Here's a link to one I did about a year ago - a Viking. The last photo shows the bottom with the silicone stopper recessed about 3/4 inch. https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1279459403

                  Claude
                  Last edited by Claude; 11-09-2018, 04:41 PM.
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                  • #10
                    He is a pretty scary looking Viking, Joe! I like him.
                    Herb

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Claude, thanks Herb, glad you like him.
                      Joe

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