Ash Salt & Pepper

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Project by swirlsandburls posted 12-15-2009 03:34 AM 1928 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back at it again with some more inlay. I found some really great, deep red calcite, (which is pretty hard to find). It was well suited to go with the Pennsylvania Ash crotch pieces I chose for this set. The salt shaker is a unique design published in Woodturning Design magazine (Spring 2009) in an article by Billie Harding and Dennis Liggett. It incorporates a single hole in the bottom, which is at the top of a cone, which in turn fits into a dome-like interior cavity with space between the cone and the top of the dome. As you shake, the salt bounces off the top of the dome and into the hole. It really works better than I thought it would. I finished with two or three coats of my own recipe for a tung oil wiping varnish, then buffed with carnauba wax. The color is natural.

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#1 posted 12-15-2009 04:51 AM

These look great! Took me a minute to figure out how the salt shaker works. I would have been doubtful as well. That’s why it is better to try it!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 12-15-2009 04:56 AM

I like em , The crotch looks great. Beautiful.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#3 posted 12-15-2009 04:59 AM

These are really neat. Where did you get that unusual grinder?

Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 12-15-2009 05:37 AM

I love the grinder, where did you get it?

-- "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not so certain about the universe" -Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 12-15-2009 07:40 AM

Fantastic unique design. Thanks for the info on the shaker. Different.

Great turnings and love the wood.

Keep it up.


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#6 posted 12-15-2009 01:27 PM

Absolutely another set of gorgeous S&P mills. I will have to look that article up as I have that magazine.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 12-18-2009 03:58 PM

Hi to all. I found the grinder at Penn State. The ash came from a guy I know with a sawmill in Pennsylvania. I buy huge crotches from him for large bowl blanks, and these smaller pieces come along for the ride!

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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