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I made this beer stein for a friend's farewell gift. The body is honduran mahogany and walnut (both heartwood and sapwood), the top is cherry, and the handle is walnut and cottonwood. The carved "rope" was done with a file jig and the indexing pin on my lathe. My father found a nice glass bead to decorate the top, attached with a threaded/peened brass rod. Finished with several coats of Waterlox original, which is waterproof, alcohol resistant, and food safe when fully dry (takes a month or two, though).

I think the handle kind of looks like a cartoon seahorse, though it was unintentional.

Had a major screw-up while turning the body:



I managed to find most of the missing chunk and glue it back together, but it nearly gave me a heart attack. I hid some parts of the fix with the handle later.

Here is a full build album:

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Very nice, thanks for all the photos!
 

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I realy like the wood-hinged lid. Nicely done.
 

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I would put my beer in there anytime. Really cool. I believe the handle compliments the the whole project.
 

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Guess I don't see the sea horse, but no matter that is a great looking beer mug. It really has a lot going on.
 

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That is an amazing mug. Nicely Done. I really like the handle and lid.
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Hah, some people I've shown it to don't see the seahorse either… I guess I'm crazy or it's some kind of ink blot test :) . Thanks for the comments, someday I'll make more of these to have one for myself.
 

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I see a Land Before Time Teradactyl head on the handle top. Nice save on the body and if you hadn't have shown it, no one would ever have known.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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Really nice job there Bob
Pete
 

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A lot of great details going on here, Allen! It all works together. I think the 'rope' is my favorite part. Great save on the blow out section. In your glue up, were all the glue surfaces face grain? Thanks for sharing.
 

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I just love it. Great way to recover!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A true woodworker….............Jim
 

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Great looking stein.
 
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