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Project by aldente posted 01-21-2009 06:15 PM 1452 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just some salt and pepper shakers with a purple heart pepper mill. The two next to the pepper mill are also purple heart. That set is for my kitchen. The ones to the right are oak, for the in-laws. The ones on the left are bubinga, the salt one has a maple top while the pepper one has african ebony for it’s top. These are for a friend of the family. Got lots more to make. I am gonna try to sell some on consignment at a local spice store. Think they’ll sell? Be honest please.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#1 posted 01-21-2009 07:53 PM

Nice Job!

Judging from the number of cooking shows on TV and our desire for gadgets, I think you should be able to sell some. You may not make a living at it but it may get you some more tools. I wish there was a specialty shop like that near here- I’d love to sell some of my salt cellars and pepper grinders!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-21-2009 09:31 PM

If the store will take them in I’m sure they will sell. If they sell well can you keep up with demand? Also I would look into the salt grinders. Gourmet salts are popular now and they often come in a course size that needs grinding. I have seen ceramic (non corrosive) grinder mechanisms to just that purpose. My wife uses one I made.
On your tall pieces you might want to make the base larger to make them more stable and less tippy
I have also designed and made pepper mills that have a salt shaker built into the capstan. They have been quite popular with my friends and family. I started to explain how I do it here but it was getting to long so I will probably enter it as a blog when I have more time. Let me know if you are interested….or just work on your own design method (-;

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-22-2009 12:56 AM

Someday….if I ever get my lathe cleaned up…garage sale…the base rusty, etc. Nice work.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#4 posted 01-22-2009 04:39 AM

Since you asked – I think you need to work on your forms a little bit, they could be more aesthetically pleasing. Proportion and flow are very important. I know that’s kind of a hard thing to describe, but I would start by trying to replicate some shapes from reference books or pictures online until you get a feel for what looks good.

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