“Carved Wood Pirate Bottle Stopper” by Domenick Maggio. This wooden bottle stopper was handcarved by local South Jersey artist, Domenick Maggio. The pirate is wearing an eyepatch and is sporting a gold tooth and gold earring. It features a silicone stopper that fits into a standard wine bottle. It measures approximately 3.75″ long x 2″ wide.
About the Artist
Domenick is a self taught woodcarver from Vineland, NJ who started carving in 1980. He carved caricatures form 1980 to 1984. He then stopped carving for 25 years due to lack of free time, while running his small business with his wife Joan.
After closing the business and finding more free time, his desires for woodcarving resurfaced. The carving is made from Tupelo wood, painted with acrylics and then sealed with a matt lacquer. There is no attempt to remove tool marks because Dom believes this adds to the uniqueness and character of each piece and distinguishes the work as a true wood carving.