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Kitchen WoodTurning – 3 Sided Pestle and Mortar

This week, I turn my turning attention to the kitchen and produce a modern take on a traditional culinary implement – The Pestle and Mortar.

Having looked at lots of these items researching them for the project, I noticed that they are all….er…round, but I wanted to do something different, so came up with the idea of a three sided version.

Tricorn Pestle and Mortar
Tricorn Pestle and Mortar

Why three sides? Well, as you will see in the video, a design like this enables to the mortar to have three’ handles’ that can be used by the budding chef to hold the piece to his or her hip and grind that way rather than on the worktop. It works really quite well!

There was a good amount of ‘air’ turned on the project and I think the raised rim of the bowl part of the mortar gives the impression of a ‘bowl-in-a-bowl’.

Turning the pestle was great fun as I don’t usually turn spindle projects and the resulting size and shape fits into the hand extremely well.

A hefty lump of 8×4″ beech was used for the project, cut into a triangle before turning. After the initial turn, the angles and corners needed to be rounded off and then finished by hand…and it took a great deal of time to get the surface as smooth as I want to get it. The outside was finished with two coats of Danish Oil and the inside finished with Chestnut Products Foodsafe Oil.

Check out the video below for the turning process and the gallery beneath for some pretty pictures.[membership level=”0″]


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Thanks for reading and watching,

One thought on “Kitchen WoodTurning – 3 Sided Pestle and Mortar

  1. Excellent project…..you have inspired me! Thanks so much Martin

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