The “Olde Tyme Series” was my first pepper mill style–where it all began. And while I’ve added new styles over the years, the “Olde Tyme” series remains a perennial favorite! I hand make each piece on a wood lathe from nicely figured black walnut. (I also use other wood species as they become available from my suppliers.)
I also hand craft the salt shaker tops, a finishing touchmy patrons find more in keeping with the style of my wooden pepper mills than the commercially source steel tops. Careful inspection of my tops reveals that the holes are not only larger–to accommodate the fine-grain sea salt that’s become more popular with today’s health-conscious consumers–but they’re also drilled at an outward angle that, my patrons find, gives more control over the flow of salt. Lastly, I soak the wood in eco-friendly walnut oil.* The walnut oil not only brings-out the beauty of the wood, but provides protection that only gets better with age and handling.
These are just some of the features that distinguish my work from my competitors.
*Walnut oil is what chemists call a “penetrating, polymerizing oil.” That means the oil penetrates deep into the wood, then hardens to a durable finish that won’t rub or wash off.