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Project by mikeacg posted 09-18-2020 08:39 PM 632 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had the pleasure of drawing Dave Kelley for the 2020 Beer Swap and just thinking about the heat in Arizona makes me thirsty… Perfect solution for thirst? Beer! Lots and lots of cold beer! I envisioned a dried up well with the sun-bleached skull laying in the sand… OK, I’ll admit it! I was thirsty and did a lot of pre-project beer tasting until I found something that I thought would make anyone happy!!! I designed what I thought fit my vision and carved the backdrop on my Stinger using some clear pine but then had to go in and try to age it a bit by adding a rough texture with the tip of a nail. (I usually inlay some aluminum hangers on the back but wasn’t sure where Dave would put this thing and just how rustic he would be will to go so I left them off so he could make his own decision. Personally, I would hang it with exterior deck screws and hide them with rusty nail heads. (Let them lay outside in the rain and then cut the heads off and attach to hide the screws)).
The dried up well is part of a wishing well I used before, cut in the round on my recoil lathe (AKA The Sidewinder) out of a piece of core from a veneer mill (This is something they typically throw away when the diameter gets too small but is generally some kind of good quality hardwood).

I carved the little skull with my trusty #11 Exacto knife and glued it in place (though the USPS did some damage to the product and required a bit of loving care from Dave to make it right again).

So the procedure here would be:

I’m thirsty!
Pop a bottle open (cap falls in dry well)
Drink said bottle
Sigh deeply and Smile!

Live is Good!

Repeat as necessary…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com





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robscastle

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#1 posted 09-18-2020 08:55 PM

Looks good Mike.

UPS may has inadvertently booked a ride in the business vehicle.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 09-18-2020 09:28 PM

Very nice. Very original also. I do like the carving and the way the well catches the lids!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 09-18-2020 11:09 PM

Cool setting for the opener..nice job on it Mike!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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KelleyCrafts

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#4 posted 09-19-2020 12:42 AM

I’m the recipient of this amazing bottle opener and it’ll get years of use on my back patio. Very pleased with it. The wife is too. I don’t own a CNC so was happy to receive something I do t have the skills to do. I’m not a carver either.

Great job Mike!

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#5 posted 09-19-2020 01:56 AM

Great job mikeacg


So the procedure here would be:

I m thirsty!
Pop a bottle open (cap falls in dry well)
Drink said bottle
Sigh deeply and Smile!

Live is Good!

Repeat as necessary…

- mikeacg


Sunds like a little bull,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 09-19-2020 02:07 AM

Great job, Mike!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 09-19-2020 02:48 AM

Mike, you killed it. This year’s swap has some seriously good ideas and yours is one of them.

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Woodknack

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#8 posted 09-19-2020 06:03 AM

That is very cool. Western theme and unlike any other I’ve seen.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 09-19-2020 06:12 AM

Me too!... Realy good one! Awesome carving

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 09-19-2020 11:01 AM



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Another perfect opportunity to brag about my diet,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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mikeacg

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#11 posted 09-19-2020 11:23 AM

Thanks for all your kind comments! I really do enjoy these swap projects as they force me to try new stuff and give me a break for the day-to-day craziness I call my life!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#12 posted 09-19-2020 12:58 PM

Awesome work Mike!

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#13 posted 09-19-2020 04:51 PM

Mike so multi talented!! Great work and fun too. I’m still lovin’ the BBQ sign so I’m sure Dave will be the same. Excellent choice of beers too.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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mikeacg

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#14 posted 09-19-2020 05:16 PM

Our little Yooper breweries have been popping out lots of new beers during the pandemic so going to the grocery store is always an adventure! The Sequoia beer was an offering from Newberry’s own Bob the Brewer (I’ve roped him in to make a special beer for every beer swap I’ve been in). You can’t get that in Arizona!

I am truly humbled by the DT3! There were so many great projects in this year’s swap it would be hard to choose a favorite. I’m still hoping to see more on that woven slat beer carrier!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#15 posted 09-19-2020 05:30 PM

Super Awesome swap project.

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