Many of these woods,
because of the shape of the trees, accessibility, appearance and
workability make them unattractive to the commercial lumber trade.
Fine grained woods like Camel Thorn, Mopane, Wild Olive and
Hardekool are thus often relegated to the barbecue or charcoal
burners and yet when turned on the lathe and polished, produce
I thus try to obtain
my woods from renewable sources and look out for dead or burnt trees
rather than add to the world's deforestation problems.
After cutting and
selection, the wood is stacked to season and the turning work is
kept fairly simple to allow the natural beauty of the wood to speak
No two pieces of
indigenous African wood will ever look the same. Each of my pepper
grinders is thus individually crafted and no attempt is ever made to
mass produce copies.
Each pepper grinder is
supplied with a label which gives instructions which also gives the
Latin name of the wood and how the wood and
the grinder should be treated to give prolonged life and use.