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Finally finished oiling, assembling and pairing my latest batch of mills.  All with over a week to spare before my first show – The Hertfordshire County Show at Redbourn on 28/29th May.  The ones on the right are a new shape. Any suggestions for a name? The look a bit like tin soldiers, or even Chinese.  For the moment, I’m going to call them my ‘Mandarins’.

It may have been a large batch, but the numbers have already been depleted. Just sold 2 pairs via the website and another pair have been earmarked for our own dinner table – I took our previous pair to the Christmas market last year as a sample pair and sold them!  Indeed, two ladies from North London who were visiting the market together nearly fell out over who was going to have them…

Here we go again…

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here-we-go-againJust starting some more mills. Large ones this time – otherwise known as mother-in-law deterrents! Includes Walnut, Elm, Yew and spalted Beech. Hopefully get them all turned this week, which leaves me 2 weeks to get them oiled before Herts Show. Anybody going?

Just a few mills!

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All the turning done – just need to oil them and fit the mechanisms.  Similar mills can be seen in the gallery, but the keen-eyed may notice a new shape.  Never done a batch as large as this all in one go, and it did get a bit like a treadmill towards the end.  I think that next time it will be a couple of smaller batches with some ‘variety’ in between!

Almost there

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almost-there.jpgThose salt and pepper mills are gradually beginning to take shape. All that’s left now is the tops (plus a week or two of oiling and fitting the mechanisms). Hopefully will get the tops largely finished tomorrow then I can think about what next! First show (Herts Show) is only a month away and most of my boxes are still empty!!!

Stocking up again…

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Tested the car suspension again today, this time with a car load of Yew, courtesy of Avalon Trees.  Many thanks, Steve.  At least most of it is Yew, but there are a few pieces of Eucalyptus.  Should make a good few bowls and clocks, and perhaps the odd large vase.  However, it’s all to green for the moment.  They do say that patience is a virtue!

Stocking up…

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Not the usual car load of shopping! Just back from a trip to collect some kiln dried timber for my next batch(es) of salt and pepper mills.  It certainly tested out the car’s suspension, not to mention my back muscles.  Now just need to get it unloaded before I go and do some more ‘regular’ shopping at Tesco!

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