New pepper mills in the making...

31 October 2015, New work, Would you like to leave a comment?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been putting aside lots of interesting timber, ready for my salt and pepper mills. I’ve just introduced a new version in yew, but there’ll soon be spalted beech and walnut as an option.

The precise design of each mill means a lot of preparation is needed, especially when drying the timber. All components are turned to exact tolerances and therefore cannot warp or twist, one reason why the lids turn so smoothly! The top image shows a selection of spalted beech and yew, soon to be hollowed out on the lathe.

The image below shows all the components required for a pair of mills, just before completion. However, these ones are rather special – turned from walnut, they will feature inlays of bog oak and sycamore…

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Jonathan Leech

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Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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  • Hi Chris,
    It's great you've got some yew coming in - as you can probably…
    - Jonathan Leech