Crush grind pepper mill...

31 October 2014, New work, Would you like to leave a comment?

This is a prototype of my latest product, which will soon be available on my website. It’s quite a departure from my usual work and has got me a little bit excited!

For the past two weeks I’ve been having pepper with just about every meal, in an attempt to test its design! It’s the first time I’ve made something ‘technical’, so do need to make sure the mechanism works perfectly.

I liked the idea of a single sculpted shape, where the lid blends into the base. The curves and crisp edges echo some of the design features present in my other turned work and I’ve left out any unnecessary detailing.

It essentially consists of two wooden components, with a dovetail joining them together. This connection has to be precise, so that the lid moves accurately and smoothly. The lid can easily be removed, so that the grinder can be refilled. The high quality ceramic internals clip in place, without being seen from the outside. Only the grinder is visible underneath - and this is even adjustable!

The photo below shows a view from the top, although this will be modified on the final version. I intend to use inlays of sycamore and walnut, so that the salt and pepper can be differentiated. The version in the above image is made from beech with elm being available as an option...


The grinder is rebated into the base. The size of the crushed particles can be adjusted...


As soon as I am happy with the design, production will begin! – expect to see some photo’s appearing on my blog, as I take you through each stage of them being made…

Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

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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  1. Gravatar of Danny
    Danny26 November 2014 15:09

    Love the design! Minimal, simply lines - very Apple-esque.

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    Jonathan Leech27 November 2014 09:13

    Hi Danny,

    Many thanks for your comments - I'm so pleased you like the design.

  3. Gravatar of Ray Naylor
    Ray Naylor25 February 2015 14:23

    It's good to see something different and these salt and pepper mills are a very nice design indeed. Could you tell me what type of finish you have used? I have been out of touch with finishes for some time, but have recently retired and thought I might take up the hobby again. Many thanks. Ray.

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    Jonathan Leech28 February 2015 15:07

    Hi Ray,
    I'm really pleased you like the pepper mills - they're finished in mineral oil, which gives a semi satin appearance. It is also food safe, which I guess is quite important.

    It's great you're planning to start turning again. I've loads of off cuts available, so please call in if you are heading up to Cumbria!

    All the best, Jonathan

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    Ray Naylor4 March 2015 14:12

    Thank you for that. Whenever I am in Cumbria I will definitely call in on you. Thanks again Ray.

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