<P>No great shakes here people. This was just to show you that I wasn't lazing about the shop for the last couple weeks!
<P>About 3 weeks ago I was given a commission to turn some peppermills. Lucky for me, I had some blanks all drilled and ready to go. I find that process the most time consuming.
<P>As you can see, the shapes are all slightly different. I like to experiment and my customers seem to like what I come up with. Lately, I've been messing around with <I>"Chess Piece"</I> shapes, with a hint of <I>"Greek Orthodox Church Spire"</I> (minaret) thrown in for fun.
<P>The top of the Walnut Peppermill features my first real success with Chatter-work. The article in AWA magazine on Bonnie Klien and her trademark tops contained some tips on using a chatter tool which finally set me straight.
<P>The (2) on the left are <b>Spalted Beech</b>, the one in the center is <b>Walnut</b>. The second one from the end is <b>Mahogany</b>. And the last one is <b>Butternut</b>. So far my best seller has been the Spalted Beech. The comments I get from my customers suggest they favor lighter colors <I><SMALL><B>(and of course I have a TON of precut Walnut blanks)</I></SMALL></B>. With that in mind, I plan to turn a couple out of Ambrosia Maple and see how they sell.
<P>The Peppermills were sanded to 600 grit. Then I applied several coats of Tried and True's Original finish, followed by buffing with the Beall Buffing System (minus the White Diamond).
<P><p><font color="#000099"><b><i>See ya around the Creek,</font></b></i>
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<BR><p><b><font color="#000066"><font size=+1>Dominic</font></font></b>