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  • Viking Bottle Stopper

    Here's a Viking Bottle Stopper I just completed. He's about 2.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches tall. Carved from basswood, painted with acrylics. The stopper is recessed into the carving so it can either be placed on a bottle, or set on a shelf.

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    I trace my pattern onto the block of wood using graphite paper and then saw it out using my bandsaw. I noticed as I began cutting it out, that I had forgotten to put the hole for the cork recess in the bottom. I stopped sawing and drilled out the holes. The larger one is by a 1.25 inch Forstner bit, 1 inch deep, and the center hole is a 1/2 inch hole another 3/4 inch deep to glue in the dowel.

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    Here's the cut out, and then I start rounding the corners and roughing out the general shape.

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    The rough out completed, I can now begin the detailing. Carving the hair, eyes, eyebrows and shaping the nose and the carving part is complete.

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    And here it is with painting complete. The last photo shows the underside with the silicone cork glued in.

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  • #2
    Nice detail, Claude, plus utilitarian.
    Living among knives and fire.


    • #3
      Hi Claude , good job , you make it look so easy . Merle


      • #4
        Really enjoyed the post, lots of ideas here. After far as the carving goes∙∙∙∙∙A+ all the way around.
        . . .JoeB


        • #5
          I like him Claude. He looks good on that green bottle!
          We live in the land of the free because of the brave! Semper Fi


          • #6
            Nice one Claude looks great.


            • #7
              Claude I like your bottlestopper! And thanks a lot for your series of fotos...(I can learn a lot, thanks!!)


              • #8
                Very nice......

                It is great for you to show the progress pictures . It is such a nice thing for you to show the progress pictures as it helps the new carvers learn.


                • #9
                  Looks great! Love the Viking theme


                  • #10
                    Wow-what an awesome bottle stopper....he looks great. I love the way you did it that you can not see the stopper.
                    . Explore! Dream! Discover!” aloha Di