Hand Turned Bottle Stopper
A perfect gift for wine lovers. A bottle stopper makes a great house warming gift, along with a bottle of wine of course. While typically used as a wine bottle stopper, the tapered stopper will fit a range of bottle sizes. Each piece is hand turned from a carefully selected unique piece of wood. The stopper section is chrome finished with a black silicone stopper (except for the Rosewood stopper which has a gold titanium plating). The wooden section is turned and sanded to 1200 grit. A cyanoacrylate finish is applied in multiple layers and then hand sanded to 12000 grit. A polish is applied and buffed to a high gloss finish. This listing is for one Bottle Stopper. You can chose the wood as described below and the above photos going from left to right. 1. Burled White Ash 2. Spalted Holly 3. Mediterranean Olivewood 4. Honduras Rosewood Here is some information about the wood species used. White Ash Burl – While ash is a fairly common wood used for baseball bats and other utilitarian items, ash burls are uncommon. Ash burls are most often found at the trunk or stumpwood of the tree which further indicates that the burl growth is the result of external influences such as insects, forest animals, and humans. Small dark brown knots add a touch of "character" to the uniform creamy color. Spalted Holly is technically not a specific species of wood, but rather a general description of any type of wood that has been allowed to begin initial stages of decay, and then subsequently dried (preventing further decay). Spalting is a unique wood coloration caused by fungi. Although primarily found in dead trees, spalting can also occur in living trees under stress or even in thriving trees. Interestingly, this stopper is made from a piece of the first spalted holly that I have ever seen. Mediterranean Olivewood trees are very twisted, yielding a wood with a unique veined grain. Traditionally, olivewood symbolizes peace, wisdom and victory and many religious, historical and artistic articles are made from this ancient wood. Honduras Rosewood is found primarily in Belize and is the most dense of the rosewoods. The rich reddish brown hues and depth are highly valued and the wood has been used to make high quality tools for centuries.