Percy Pepper! A gift to myself at my birthday was a salt & pepper mill grinder kit. I have yet to turn the salt mill, but I turned the pepper mill at the weekend from some maple. The coin is a UK £2 coin for scale. I had a giant pepper grinder a few decades ago, but the crush grind mechanism was garbage. These kits are at the more expensive end of the scale, so should last a while under constant use. The finish on this is melamine lacquer, so hopefully it should last a while.
I also turned another travel mug at the weekend. This is a commission, again, for a friend. It’s amazing how many folk ask for these mugs. They are not the easiest to turn for an amateur because of the deep hollowing.
This one has been likened to a beer stein. It looks shorter and is a bit more dumpy than the previous ones I have turned. Timber is conker (horse chestnut) and finish is melamine lacquer. I hope the recipient is happy with it.
This thin stemmed goblet is also conker, with £2 coin for scale. Finish is shellac, polished up to a shine.
And finally another bowl, again conker is the material. This would make a good fruit bowl or could be used as a change catcher.
Finish is cellulose sanding sealer, de-nibbed and polished with beeswax.
I’m now half-way into my first week off, and the time is slipping away from me due to catching up on household chores. I need more time in the shed, because I’m at a hiatus where my turning is concerned. While I’m not getting any worse, I don’t think I’m getting any better. I think I need some one to one tuition and more time to practice.
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