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The true beacon of safety atop its own stone piling, out there near the rocky shoal. This unmanned tower calls a blissful tone to those making their way to the harbor. Ah the romance of the sea, all wrapped up in such a simple design and built for your dinner table or counter top. I can't help but get a bit romantic when I see these solitary, iconic towers positioned out in the midst of the seas, taking on nature's elements first hand.

This mill is a small attempt to honor these beacons of safety. Their robust construction is flat-out testament to the "struggle" set before them. I love the idea and the effort and won't apologize for it. Fortunately, this mill should not have to endure a wee percentage of the real beacons while it sits prominently in your home.

With all the style and grace of the real thing, this pepper mill also has function. First, the body of the mill is a solid piece of richly toned and grained Black Walnut in a durable clear finish. The ring, (and it is a ring) of the platform is made from an African wood known as Padauk. The lantern housing is also Black Walnut but of a different branch. The lantern itself is made from American Ash. A very hard, lightly-toned wood with a well defined grain. Also in a clear finish. All of this rests upon more American Ash but this time the treatment or treatments I should say are a bit different.

The foundation for this mill needed to be different from other Lighthouse style mills. I decided to cut small blocks of Ash to simulate stone blocks. I then used more Black Walnut to function as mortar for the stone. Each block is individually cut, glued and held together to form the base. Which sits upon another solid piece of American Ash that has been painstakingly hand-carved (by me) to look like rubble stone piling. It has been painted a little to give it more definition, then a whitewash stain was applied over the top. A clear, water-based finish was then laid over that in several coats.

The mill measures just under 13 inches at 12 and about 7/8 inches, including the tensioning knob. The base of the mill measures a little more than 3 inches. The pepper grinding mechanism is American made stainless steel with an aluminum shaft. This could be substituted for a polycarbonate mechanism for use with salt. Let me know at the time of purchase if that is your preference.

This mill, being of average size, much time has been put into its construction. I suspect mostly due to the hand carving of the pilings for the base, not to mention the stone blocks. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed creating each element. Seeing it come to its final state of completion gives me great pleasure with a good dose of satisfaction. All that time, and this is the only one I produced. While there might be others, down the road, they won't turn out like this one I am sure. Thanks for stopping in for a look, take care.

Lighthouse (Beacon) Pepper MIll in Black Walnut & Padauk atop Stone Block and Rubble Piling in American Ash


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: hardwood, american ash, black walnut, stainless steel, aluminum, wood, air, stain, poly, water color, poly acrylic, great care, passion
  • Only ships to United States from Wisconsin, United States.
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