These are our 8-inch laminated five color Morrison salt and pepper mills, our version of a traditional shaped salt and pepper mill.
The wood starts out as 49 layers of 1/16" Birch veneer that have been dyed and glued together. In the case of this mill, there are five colors which are brown, white (natural), green, pink and blue repeating over and over.
I start the creation process by putting the wood onto my lathe and drill the head and body. Once the drilling is complete I then shape the head and body using hand tools and turning everything by eye on my lathe.
These mills are approximately 2 5/8" in diameter at the base and tapers to 1 1/2" in the mid-section and stand 8 1/2" tall. Because these are turned by eye all measurements are approximate.
The shape is modeled after a picture that I saw of a lady dancing. Starting from the head, shoulders and waist area, all the way down to the beads or rings that I've turned near the bottom to be like the folds of her dress.
The pepper grinding mechanism used is Stainless Steel and the salt grinding mechanism used is Ceramic and both are made here in the US.
The finish on the mill is a food grade polymerized tung oil and a wax mixture which gives a nice luster to the mill. So it's safe to use on your food and cleans up easily. Care instructions are included.
On these Morrison Mills, I use beads on the bottom to differentiate between salt and pepper mills. Salt mills have just one bead and pepper mills have three.
You are placing an order for these mills. You will not receive the exact ones pictured. There will be subtle differences from the ones pictured because they are all one of a kind mills.