With Christmas just around the corner…39 days away to be exact…it’s time to start turning those Christmas presents.  

This year Mike and I will be turning pen and pencil sets and we’re going to try turning some peppermills. Wish us luck on the peppermills, as we haven’t ventured into that area of turning yet.     

We’re going to try using a ceramic peppermill mechanism.  From what I can tell on the Craft Supplies website, it doesn’t look too complicated…and we have lots of wood to practice on 🙂

We’ll be using tung oil as a finish.  I’ve used it on furniture before and am anxious to see how it works on the lathe.  If anyone has other suggestions for a finish, please let us know.

If you have a special Christmas turning idea, please leave a comment to share with our other readers 🙂


quilted-maple-mill2This beautiful highly figured Quilted Maple peppermill is by Dennis Cloutier from Running Dog Woodworking in Port Coquiltlam, BC.

It features a ceramic mechanism which in my opinion is the best. I have one of these at home and it’s not only esthetically pleasing it’s also very nice to use.

The mechanism can be purchased at Craft Supplies USA or Lee Valley Tools and the wood can be purchased through www.veddermountainhardwoods.com or www.woodturnersupply.com

The perfect Christmas Gift 🙂