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    Bottlestoppers and first ornament

    These two bottle stoppers have been turned for a while without the business end put on. Since the wifey put one on here that had no bottom I figured I'd have to do damage control. The first is Bloodwood and the other is walnut and maple.
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    This is my first ornament. Top and bottom are cedar and the middle is a cypress branch. It looks short and wide in the pic but it is about 4" long and 1.25" wide. I still need to get some eyescrews for it and others on the way.
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    All three look good to me, Brian. I'd say the bloodwood stopper is my favorite of the bunch, but I like them all. Is the ornament hollow or solid?
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    They look good Brian

    I have the same question as Vaughn, is the ornament hollow or solid?

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    Good looking ornament for your first. Stoppers look great.
    Bernie W.

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    Good looking pieces, Brian. I really like that ornament. Cedar and Cypress just go together I think.

    BTW, I have a friend who turns bottle stoppers. He can't keep them in stock at $20 each.
    Cody


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    Thanks yall. The ornament is hollowed out. I have to give Darrell Feltmate at around the woods the credit for the how to. I didn't use his idea with the 2" blank for the top and bottom as I have plenty of branches that do the job. I have sold my stoppers for $40 and $45 ( according to wood type) to people that I don't know and 20 or so to people I do know. Actually the wife sells them because I have a bad habit of giving them away. I can vouch for her liking to grab other peoples money!!!!!
    There are no mistakes in woodworking until you run out of wood.

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    Nice stoppers and ornament. For ornaments like that I get the gold fishhooks and cut the eye off and use that for hanging. Leave around a quarter inch of shank to glue in the top. It is easier to find fishhooks than small eyes.
    Dale

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    Both bottle stoppers look good, I like your ornament with the contrasting woods Darrell Feltmates is a good site for how too's he put things in an easy to understand way
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    Looks to me like you got some winners there.

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