Here is a blog of things that we are currently working on in our Research and Development Lab! Anything you see here probably isn’t available in our store yet, but commissions are highly appreciated. You can commission anything you see here just send us an email and inquire about the price. Typically commissions are in the $50-$200 range.
I know that I have been terribly remiss in updating this website with all my latest works. Honestly I have a minimum of two new creations every week, so it’s a bit of a time consumption to take pictures and post them. But I will make a better effort in the future.
Ok, so I was approached by a wine maker to create wine glasses from wine bottles. Now mind you I initially thought tumblers. But I did my usual background check (google images) and saw someone had come up with the idea of cutting the top off of a wine bottle, inverting it and turning it into a wine glass. So I thought *brilliant*! I can so do that. So it turns out that cutting a wine bottle and getting it to break on the score line is a *LOT* more difficult to achieve than it sounds. So 15 bottles later… then you have a sharp edge, which isn’t lip friendly. So then you either have to sand the edge smooth, or flame polish them. So given the choice I went with playing with fire. So I tried to melt the lip with a propane torch and it wasn’t enough. Plus you have to rotate the bottle and bottle top while doing so.
Which is perfect because I freakin’ love to make jigs. Sometimes I take on a new project simply because I want to make the jig to do the job. So I made one. And I totally over did the jig, but it works great. I then upgraded my flame from propane to Oxy-Acetylene, which worked fabulously. So now I got the lip of the glass flame polished. Now I need a base. So to prove that this whole crazy scheme would work I designed a base to be 3d printed and I did so. But (and I’m not exaggerating here) the minute I pulled it off of the 3d printer, one of my muses (Dylan) in the shop said “you should turn the base out of an exotic hardwood”. I looked at him with that quizzical look I get when I know a freekin’ brilliant idea when I hear one. So I pointed at him accusatorialy and proclaimed “*BRILLIANT*”! I also happened to have some bubinga disks from a memorial cross project that I did.
I turned the base to include a dowel in it, then drilled a hole in the cork to fit the dowel. Put it all together and what to do you get… I wine glass made from a wine bottle. Terribly apropos don’t you think?
So here we are. This is the one that I made for my mother and father for Mothers Day and Fathers Day.