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August 2005 Program:
John Horn

"Turning a Peppermill"

For our August demonstration John Horn will present his SWAT demonstration, "The Art of the Peppermill". Although peppermills have been around for a very long time, there have been improvements lately in the mechanisms and new designs that are attracting a lot of media attention along with the attention of connoisseurs interested in "haut niveau de moulin ŕ poivre" (roughly, high-class peppermill). A peppermill is not only a useful table accessory, but it can be a functional work of art as well. While producing one that will actually work is not technically difficult, there are a number of details that must be considered in the proper order when making your first peppermill mechanism to fit into the body of the mill. We will explore the turning, drilling, fitting, and technical aspects of making a peppermill.

Design considerations which must be addressed as you explore your own creative desires will be an integral part of the demonstration. Creating your own shape for the peppermill can be rewarding. Custom designs bring your work to a new plane as it becomes art instead of just a functional kitchen item. Need a gift for a wedding, a birthday, a holiday, or just any occasion? A hand crafted peppermill will be cherished for a very long time and your cost will be a lot less than you would pay for a department store gift.

Eighty-seven year old “Pinky” Martin developed his own style, sent one to the very popular Sara Molton on the Food Network. Sara then gave one to Oprah Winfrey on her live television show. Pinky was flooded with orders and now has quit taking orders because he is booked up for three years in advance for his custom designed peppermills that sell for $250 each.




Revised January 27, 2006