penny bottle opener

by Jack Daws
Handmade
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A Pretty Penny

A penny for your heartfelt thoughts? Jack Daws' signature bottle opener is more than just an attractive piece of barware; it's a functional work of art. Marked by exquisite craftsmanship, this hand-shaped tool is carved from a single piece of walnut wood and finished with 100% all-natural blend of beeswax and lemon oil. The artist's signature is applied by letter punching the name "Jack" into the piece's endgrain.

A neodymium magnet is embedded inside the walnut and covered with a beige-colored cherry wood plug. The concealed magnet has enough strength to hold pried bottle caps, and when not it use, it adheres to any metal surface, so it'll always be on display and in reach. To give this handsome accessory a personal touch, Jack affixes a penny with your choice of year atop a stainless steel washer, both of which are fastened securely in place with a bronze screw.

Make it custom by picking the penny year after 1940 for a fetching way to commemorate a graduation, promotion, birthday, or send off, this keepsake bottle opener provides the perfect way to toast a praiseworthy friend. Handmade in Seattle.

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Handmade
Item ID
21525
Made from
bronze, walnut wood, stainless steel, neodynium magnets, cherry
Measurements
4.5" L x 1" W x 1" D
Notes
Clean with damp cloth (only if necessary).
  • the maker
Jack Daws

Jack Daws

Jack Daws is a nationally-acclaimed visual artist, designer, and woodworker. He was born in Kentucky in 1970, and lived there until 1991, when he moved to Georgia to attend the Atlanta College of Art. He soon realized he didn't need to amass a huge student loan debt to make art, and dropped out of school to spend the next four years hitchhiking around the American Southeast and Southwest. Drawing on what he learned from his father and grandfathers, he dedicated himself to a life of primitive ingenuity. During those few years he started thinking he just might end up living the rest of his life outside.

After meeting the woman who would become his wife, Jack stopped drifting around, he landed a great bartending gig, and opened a checking account. He and the Love of his life lived together in Atlanta for the next couple years until they picked up and moved to the Great Northwest. After arriving in Seattle in 1999, Jack got a job in a cabinet shop and has been a woodworker ever since.

He started making these hardwood bottle openers in an effort to utilize small pieces of walnut and cherry that local woodworkers couldn't figure out how to use. He makes each one of these openers by hand, and his dedication to quality control compels him to make sure each one functions properly as well. "The only way to really test them," he says, "is to open a bottle. That's probably the main perk of this job," he adds, "The more I work the more beer I get to drink."

Jack lives and works and drinks beer in Seattle, Washington, USA.

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