Yin Yang Salt Pepper Caddy

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Project by aldente posted 01-31-2010 04:00 AM 3559 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not only do I love to create from wood, but I also love to create new food dishes (or expand on exsisting).
When I read the rules of the Yin and Yang contest, my first thoughts turned to Salt and Pepper. Thus the Yin and Yang Salt and Pepper Caddy.

The brown (Yang, pepper) box is made from Roasted maple as well as the knob ontop of the Yin box. Everything else is Pecan. The caddy I stain with a jet black stain and my first failed attempt at a french polish.
I choose a french polish, even thou not very durable, because I had never done one before. Giving the piece another Yin and Yang effect, the unkown and the known. Each box is 3.5 w/o opposing knobs by 6.25 from the two furthest 2 points.

The spoon is also pecan and is part turned and part carved. The finish is Tung Oil on the handle and mineral oil on the laddle. It is also 1 level teaspoon.

All the pieces together represent the Yin and Yang, but they also serve individual purposes. Accomplishment through the part to achieve the whole. What is the opposite of the part but the whole. Yet another Yin and Yang affect of the piece. That might be a bit of a stretch but this is my first LJ’S contest, so I thought I’d try.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 04:07 AM

That is awesome.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 04:21 AM

Awesome project, definitely a contender for the Yin Yang contest. Good luck.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 04:25 AM

Cool Idea and so well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 04:35 AM

That’s a great idea. Nice job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 04:38 AM

I agree—AWESOME!!!

Love the dishes, the design, the colour contrasts, the yin yang effects. Excellent

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 04:50 AM

Gary said it first, but this is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 01-31-2010 05:38 AM

Outstanding and what a clever idea.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 01-31-2010 07:52 AM

What a nice work of art and it is usful too! :-)

-- racey13

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#9 posted 01-31-2010 06:32 PM

A very nice design. Great idea. First I thought shakers but then I noticed the spoon and the open conpartments.

Very unique.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 02-01-2010 04:22 AM

very neat idea.. great results on the contrast…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#11 posted 02-01-2010 09:00 AM

Great idea and nice work!


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