A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a most wonderful and talented artist through Etsy named Darryl Masterson (darrylmasterson). I had an opportunity to purchase one of his bottle stoppers for my mom and dad (in-law) for their anniversary. When I opened the box I was truly amazed at how wonderful the stopper was. It was so light and incredibly beautiful, I couldn't stop gushing over the work that Darryl puts into each one. My mom and dad (and husband) were truly impressed.
Darryl's been gracious enough to donate one of these stoppers for the giveaway!
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm 38 years old. I married my high school sweetheart and we have three beautiful daughters. Hmm.. what more is interesting about me? I broke my pinky finger when I was five in the door of the church we went to. I had my appendix removed when I was 19! I started woodworking about six years ago... wait, what's the next question!?!?
How long have you been woodworking?
I've been woodworking since 2004. I started out with a simple shelf for our daughter's expansive video collection and things went from there... Now I'm simply obsessed with gluing small segments of wood together to come up with unique little designs.
What items have you created in the past?
Phew, sheesh, quite a few things I suppose...
a hightop bistro table
a shelf for my daughter that includes a hidden drawer...
oh, and wine bottle stoppers of course!
What other items would you like to create?
I want to start making some segmented bowls. I also want to try an ice cream scoop. There are really a bunch of things I want to do, it seems it's just a matter of finding the time to do it!
What made you decide to open up a shop?
I was encouraged by friends and family. I also knew a couple people that had Etsy shops already.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Well let's see... I'm married and have three beautiful daughters, so when I'm not woodworking I'm either at my real job or doing the best I can at being a dad. I'm currently trying to merge the woodworking and being the best dad ever by building my daughters a little playhouse in the back yard. It's been a lot of fun so far, despite a few little mishaps!
What kinds of wood do you typically use?
With the small segments I work with, I look for woods with a strong solid color like maple, walnut, brazilian cherry and mahogany. Walnut is one of my favorites, but I recently got my hands on some mahogany and that has been very nice to work with.
How many pieces do you use per stopper?
My typical stopper includes 121 segments. Though I have made a few that included up to 186 segments. I am currently preparing to start creating stoppers with 151 segments. I think creating a bottle stopper that includes 300 segments is right around the corner.
What first made you want to become an artist?
From as far back as I can remember I have always been artistic. While growing up most of my work consisted of pencil sketches. I would draw pictures of my favorite cartoon characters as gifts for my girlfriend (who later became my wife) eventually gaining an interest in animation. Woodworking eventually became my artistic escape.
Please describe your creative process
I don't really have a single process really. Sometimes a design just pops into my head. Other times, I work on designs with some graph paper to see what might look good. And then there are days where I will sit down with a pile of segments and stack them up in a “reverse-jenga” way to see how designs will work out.
Where would you like to be in 10 years?
Sheesh, where would I like to be in 10 years??... that is so far off, I really don't know!
And now for the giveaway:
Here's the stopper that's up for grabs!
Serial #: 2010-018:
~ Total pieces: 151
~ Woods: Maple & Mahogany
~ Cap: Sapele
~ Dimensions: 2-1/8” tall, 1” diameter
~ Finish: polyurethane (gloss)
Along with the use of a stainless steel droplet stopper, this wine bottle stopper also incorporates a threaded brass insert to ensure a lifetime of durability. The decorative top can be removed to allow the stainless steel droplet stopper to be washed when required.
Contest runs from September 27th and ends October 9th (12pm EST).
Please leave your email address in an entry so I may contact the winner.
Contest runs from September 27th to Oct 9th, 2010.
(please note you do not have to do all of these to enter, but you must leave an email address to be contacted)
1. Purchase any item from Darryl's Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/darrylmasterson. Return here and leave a comment that you've done so. (5 entries)
2. Blog, tweet or FB (once only, repeats will not count) the announcement of the giveaway. Return here and leave a comment that you've done so. (1 entry each)
3. "Like" Darryl's facebook page. Return here and leave your comment that you've done so. (1 entry) http://www.facebook.com/DarrylMastersonWoodworking
4. Adding any item from Darryl's Etsy shop to a treasury. Return here and leave a comment and link to the treasury. (2 entries)
5. Post a link of your favorite item from Darryl's Etsy shop here. (1 entry)
Good luck to all!