Award Winning Mills

Soon after I began my career in making salt and pepper mills I entered them into local and state fairs. Every time I've entered a piece of my work I have received an award!

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This is an 18" pepper mill that I entered in the Utah State Fair in 2007. I won 1st place with this beauty! The species of woods included are: Goncallo Alves, Mahogany, Oak, Purpleheart, Redheart, and Walnut.
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This mill, #377, is one I created as an experiment. I entered it in the Utah State Fair in 2004 and won Best of Show with it! This is made out of six species of woods and has a lot of different laminations in it. Where most of the other pepper mills I've done have a two-step process, this mill has a five-step process. I used the following species of woods: Cherry, Holly, Lyptus, Maple, Oak, and Padauk. I've begun calling this type of mill "abstract." because it does not follow a typical structure.
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#280 is a 12" mill. My wife picked out the woods so they are all of the same color family - tints of reds and browns. I entered it in the Weber County Fair in 2004 and won First Place! This is made out of four species of woods and has a lot of different laminations in it as you can see in views 2 and 4. The species of woods used are: Wenge, PurpleHeart, Mahogany, and RedHeart.
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This is one of my favorites and was the first pepper mill I entered into a competition, it is #118. I entered it in the Utah State Fair in 2003 and won First Place with it! This has 10 different steps in putting it together and includes these woods: Aromatic Cedar, Rosewood, Lyptus, Maple, and PurpleHeart.