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Eric Armstrong
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Christmas gifts
Nov 26th, 2015 at 5:04pm
 
Need an idea for a simple Christmas gift? What about a mortar and pestle.... every kitchen needs one. At least, every 18th century kitchen. I turned both parts from cherry and stained and finished the pestle and the interior of the mortar with friction polish. The outside of the mortar was painted with Old Village Cabinet Makers Green and yellow acrylic for the bands. I finished it with semi-gloss Krylon and accented it with ebony stain. The final finish was Krylon matte spray and paste wax.

The mortar is about 3-1/2" dia. x 3-1/2" high. The pestle is 1-1/2" dia. x 5-1/2 long. I think I will make the pestle a little shorter next time.

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Re: Christmas gifts
Reply #1 - Nov 26th, 2015 at 6:39pm
 
Occasionally I have a need to crush some medication.  I don't think I could use something so fine.  That is terrific Eric.
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Re: Christmas gifts
Reply #2 - Nov 27th, 2015 at 8:39am
 
Very nice turning Eric.  Not only is the container beautiful with the addition of the antique look you have accomplished with the paint, but I also like the way you shaped the handle so that one's fingers can wrap underneath it, as one palms the pestle to crush the mortars contents. Very thoughtful and a wonder gift.  Well Done!
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Reply #3 - Nov 27th, 2015 at 9:44am
 
Eric you don't do anything half way, this is so pretty I doubt many would use it. Beautiful work as always Thumbs Up
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Reply #4 - Nov 27th, 2015 at 12:59pm
 
Love it!
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Reply #5 - Nov 28th, 2015 at 1:01pm
 
I saw something similar in a Walmart in Sparks, NV. Wood was rough with little to no finish. It was being marketed as something to crush mint leaves for adult beverages. I bought one to use as a reference but have not turned one yet.

Eric great project and fantastic use of colors to bring out the beads and other turned elements.

Thanks for sharing - Dave G.
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Re: Christmas gifts
Reply #6 - Nov 30th, 2015 at 10:34am
 
what are the woods you used?
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Re: Christmas gifts
Reply #7 - Nov 30th, 2015 at 11:33am
 
Breck Whitworth wrote on Nov 27th, 2015 at 9:44am:
Eric you don't do anything half way, this is so pretty I doubt many would use it. Beautiful work as always Thumbs Up


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Re: Christmas gifts
Reply #8 - Nov 30th, 2015 at 9:08pm
 
As ALWAYS Eric, your current turning is AWESOME!  I, like many others, I'm sure, are awe struck with your variety of turnings and truly appreciate you sharing them with us!  Thanks and SAFE turning to you always!
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