This is a Manitoba Cottonwood burl, paired with some wood that I think is mahogany with four little ebony feet that were once part of a carved owl. The owl was a garage sale find and purchased for the wood and is destined to become parts of other woodturning projects.
I am completely captivated by the figure and grain designs in the burl wood. The mechanism design will allow this mill to withstand decades of hard use, although I imagine most people would reserve it for the dinner table décor when entertaining.
This mill is different than most in that one must hold the base and turn the entire top two-thirds to grind the pepper. The lid unscrews to open and fill the mill. The mechanism is ceramic, and the mill does not have a stem going through it. The coarseness of the grind is adjusted at the underside of the mill.
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