Pestle - a cooking device... and a gift.

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Project by mafe posted 10-18-2011 03:30 PM 2475 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

a cooking device… and a gift.

I never heard of this tool before, but when Jim made a post where he gave us his best recipe’s, Mike / Littlecope told about this tool and how he used to use one of these – and also that if he had a lathe he would make himself one.
So I could not stand the temptation to make him one and tried to follow his directions for form and shape since I never heard of this tool before.

On this picture it is quite clear what it is used for.

Today I saw that he had received it in his blog, thank you Mike, and so here are a few pictures of it when it was coming to life for him.
And also a extra I made for me, even my handle is to small and not as comfortable to hold…
The wood is… feel free since I have no idea.
The finish is just with sandpaper, and at the end wood shavings, this because I did not want to give it wax oils or other due to the fact it will be used for household, but you can give it a kitchen oil this will keep the wood fresh.

1. Here it is!
2. The size you mentioned.
3. After finish.
4. And one for me.
5. Yes I thought you needed my mark.
6. The drawing you made to illustrate.

So as I said I hope it brought and will bring smiles in the kitchen.

Hope it can be to some inspiration for others also.

Best thoughts, especially to Mike,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-18-2011 04:08 PM

Great idea, Mads. We support each other!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-18-2011 04:17 PM

I noticed you have a record lathe Mafe. Any chance if you haven’t already you can give a review of it somewhere? I visit a site and a few Europeans have asked about it. Being that all I am familiar with are lathes available in the US I don’t have much of an answer. I would like to direct them somewhere.


-- Got Wood?

#3 posted 10-18-2011 05:39 PM

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#4 posted 10-18-2011 05:41 PM

is there a trade where you don´t make tools to ….. if any at all

toolfactery´s most be realy trembled by now ….

thank´s for sharing

take care

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 06:34 PM

When I first saw this I thought your were into gardening and had made a dibble.
Pestle or dibble it is a nice turning.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 10-18-2011 06:57 PM

A pestle is also used in the pharmaceutical business where they mix drug compounds. The one used for this is more a handle with a round end that is used in conjunction with a bowl like fixture referred to as a mortar, hence the phrase mortar and pestle. It is used in this instance to grind dried ingredients to be mixed in a powder form. My first job as a young man was working in a local community drug store where the pharmacists still ocassionally did this. They don’t do much of this anymore due to liability issues.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#7 posted 10-18-2011 08:46 PM

Mortar & pestle is the absolute base for a really well made mayonnaise: you gotta crush the garlic ultra thin! I can’t believe you never had heard of that before.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#8 posted 10-18-2011 10:44 PM

In your pic#5 you have your mark, where can you buy this? nice work! in Norway we use this to baking to christmas

-- Lars, woodworker from Norway.

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#9 posted 10-18-2011 11:23 PM

Hey, that looks familiar!!
Marvelous to see the making process Mads… and you even included my terrible “illustration”!!
I think the wood is Mahogany, it sure looks like other pieces I have of it…
Thank You once again Mads!!
For me, the Smiles continue unabated… ;-D

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 10-19-2011 01:58 AM

Hi guys,
Mike, I am just happy that I could give you this little gift, it was fun to make it and to send you a though.
Yes I thought it was fun to add the illustration, this showed all I needed to know to make one, so it was not terrible at all, they say a drawing tells more than a thousand words and in this case it was just so.
To hear that you are smiling is the best that I can wish for.

Lars, here you find my review of the branding iron. Ahhh the tool have two purposes now.

Thomas, I know the Mortar & pestle, I have several, but did not know it in this version where it ends pointed.
I made a muddler once this is more the principal of the pestle as I knew it…

Doc, yes I even have a little brass one that I was told was for the pharmacy, I use it for colors.

SAS, I did made dibbles a few weeks ago when I was spinning the lathe, one as a gift for a neighbor here and one for me, but these I will post another day.

Dennis, I love to get around, I do what is possible, and this one was Mike that got me into it! I’m innocent…

Lidiya, smiles here.

Joe Watson, I will see if I can get one made, I love the lathe, it is really a solid boy even it is a rod based lathe, the rods are so heavy and this and a good motor is the key I guess. I got it at a really fair price and need it to take it down after use since my shop is small.

Jim, yes we do thank you.

I would of course have loved to send a gift to everyone on LJ, but I had to narrow it down, but who knows in the future I might give it another round…

Best thoughts to all of you, and thank you for the kind and touching comments,

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 10-19-2011 03:48 AM

Nice and thoughtful gift
Here is a pic I found on the web and it intrigued me and thought of you. I am no sure you know what it is but I think you will like it,it’s not made from wood but a tool .

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 10-19-2011 11:10 AM

Kiefer, that is really funny. This summer I was in the Viking villiage in Denmark where I bought one of these, so I have been cooking tinder (amadou) in ash and have even sewn a little purse for the set. I will post it at some time, it is really cool.
Big smile, you read my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 10-19-2011 08:28 PM

Excellent job on the pestle, Mads!

It is almost identical to the used one I bought a few years ago from the U.S. (using internet).

I found a used apple sieve and wooden pestle for about $2.00 (USD) and had it shipped to me here in Sweden. The postage was about $8.00, but I felt it was more than worth it. I’ve made close to 15 liters of applesauce and 5 liters of apple butter using it, so it was well worth the price of expensive postage…. ha ha

I’m sure Mike will love to put it to a good use.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#14 posted 10-19-2011 10:51 PM

Cool Rick, then we know it can be used.
I have to look at that apple butter, that sounds wonderful.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 10-21-2011 06:04 PM

Hi Mads, your turning is very good. I think you are a good all rounder, always busy with something interesting.

Thanks for sharing another good one Mads.

-- When you know better you do better.

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