Bottle Stoppers - An Introduction To Inlaying Polished Stone Cabochons

Various bottle stoppers inlaid
with polished stone cabochons

If you're just getting started in woodturning, turning stoppers is a good way to hone your skills on a small project that is inexpensive and easy to turn. They are also excellent projects for you to practice your spindle turning skills. Stoppers can be turned from small blocks of wood and very few tools are needed to complete the project.

For more information on turning stoppers, check out our latest DVD video, "Turning Elegant Bottle Stoppers." Click the photo above for details.

You can easily experiment with different types of designs, from simple traditional styles all the way up to more complex segmented, or inlaid styles. Turning small projects like this allows you to explore many different types of materials for your stopper bodies including wood, man-made composites, plastics, bone, antler, soft solid metals, horn, stabilized woods and soft stones like Alabaster and Soapstone to name a few.

Polished stone cabochons are available
in many different colors and sizes

When you're ready to move beyond traditional designs, you can experiment with inlaying polished stones (cabochons), and other materials. This opens a whole new world of design explorations to you, allowing you to elevate your basic design into something that's truly unique. To view the detailed article on turning inlaid stoppers, please use the link below.

Step By Step Instructions On Turning Inlaid Stoppers


Steven D. Russell is a professional studio woodturner, teacher and writer. He has written numerous articles for international woodturning magazines, which have been published in more than 78 countries around the world. Steve has demonstrated in numerous cities across the United States. His studio, Eurowood Werks, specializes in bowls, platters and hollow forms with unique visual and tactile treatments.

Steve has also been a regular featured writer for the Guild of Master Craftsman's "Woodturning" magazine, published in London England. Woodturning magazine is the world's leading magazine for woodturners. Look for his articles covering technical topics, or project based articles.