Viking Bottle Stopper

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Project by ClaudeF posted 01-17-2022 08:18 PM 559 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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.

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

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.

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


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#1 posted 01-17-2022 08:32 PM

nice work claude.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 01-17-2022 09:36 PM

Great work ! Thanks for the step by step.

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#3 posted 01-17-2022 09:45 PM

Looks tough! Nice work. Does this keep the mead fresh?

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 01-17-2022 10:32 PM

I thought that in Viking culture stopping a bottle was a punishable offence! Wonderful carving though.

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#5 posted 01-18-2022 02:13 AM

He looks really great.

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#6 posted 01-18-2022 02:28 AM

Very neat to see the process pictures! Thanks for adding those to your description.

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#7 posted 01-18-2022 03:26 AM

Really great job on that guy…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 01-18-2022 04:24 AM

Sharp looking. I’m always amazed at the carvings you and the others do on here. I never had the knack to carve good, either that or I’m not patient enough. Great job. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#10 posted 01-18-2022 10:09 PM

Nice job. If he is a MN Viking and you’re trying to sell them your best bet is to have them finished and on the market by the end of Sept. before they start looking bad if you want to get top dollar. After that the value starts dropping rapidly. Before your start throwing stones (Runestones), I’m a diehard Vikings fan. Maybe next year with a new coach and GM?

-- NorthWoodsMan

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