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Project by Mark Wilson posted 12-27-2019 01:40 AM 1153 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this bit of Olive that RBS had brought me from Bethlehem. I’d tried to make something with it and gave up and set it aside. It had been sitting around for, I don’t know, a year or two.

A few weeks ago, I purchased a kit for an antique peppermill, along with a blank of Marblewood. Last week, I began attempting to turn the Marblewood for the peppermill. Once I got it round, I found that it was of too narrow girth to accommodate the mill. So I gave up.

This morning, I awakened thinking about my unused peppermill, and what I may be able to with it. My cogitating revolved around something to do with Mulberry and resin. I set about combining Mulberry and resin (Total Boat – first time with that). That’s in the pressure pot, now.

The thought of a peppermill made of Mulberry and resin left me, once I parked the pot in the house, and I began looking around for some other means by which I may make use of my peppermill. I looked at that, and it wasn’t that. I looked at this, and it wasn’t this. Then, I gazed upon my pile of set-asides. There was the Olive. This time, it was just right. A Goldilocks moment, you might say.

As it happened, this Olive piece I had was just enough to make the peppermill and a base for it, as well. YAY.

The last two photos look rather stark because I turned the flash on. It, in my view, wrecked the color. But then, I’m color-challenged, you may recall. I tried, briefly, to use the color adjusting feature in my editor. The trouble with using color editing software, when one is color-challenged, is that there’s no way I can’t make it worse. In my color-challenged view, that is.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-They say that nothing is impossible. That’s not true. I do nothing quite frequently.-

-- Mark

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#1 posted 12-27-2019 02:40 AM

That turned out really nice.

I love the smell of olive wood.

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

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 12-27-2019 02:44 AM

Thanks, Lew. I don’t notice any aroma, but I sure like the way it turns. It feels almost like clay under the tools.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 12-27-2019 03:24 AM

What you only got two and a bit years for smuggling !!
You must have bribed somebody!!

Anyway glad to see your out from behind bars! you have done your time, ... I guess it now time for Redemption.

Very artistic Mark!

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 12-27-2019 04:30 AM

Quite beautiful wood and more grinder than I’ve ever seen on a Peppermill!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 12-27-2019 04:41 AM

Fantastic!! Can’t decide which part looks better, wooden or metal!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 12-27-2019 05:41 AM

Nice work!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 12-27-2019 01:09 PM

Nice work Mark!
The Olive wood looks great! Nice work!

I looked up those pepper mills and I see they are very inexpensive. You gave me an idea for gifts in the future!
Thanks for Sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 12-27-2019 02:00 PM

The Olive was a perfect choice. Nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 12-27-2019 02:45 PM

Just plain beautiful.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#10 posted 12-27-2019 03:51 PM


-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 12-27-2019 11:38 PM

Very interesting – metal part has a kind of Steampunk look to it and the crazy grain on the olive kind of looks like it’s melting. Very attractive. Did you make the crank handle also or did that come with the mill?

-- Leafherder

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 12-28-2019 08:06 AM


John: It does match really nicely, doesn’t it? I noticed that while I was editing the photos, and knew that would come up. No. it was there to begin with.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 12-28-2019 10:35 PM

Great result Mark.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 12-28-2019 10:46 PM

That is pretty nice! Love the project

-- Petey

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#15 posted 12-30-2019 06:46 PM

Beautiful pepper mill, Mark. I love olive wood, to!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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