Grandpa's Turn

Milton, Washington

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Last updated on Jan 9, 2021



Les Johnson

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  • Beth on May 9, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is my very first pepper mill that I have purchased for myself, and it is simply gorgeous! The craftmanship is exquisite! I'm so glad I found your shop!

  • thewolfs81 on Mar 11, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Purchased in tandem with the Space Needle Salt Mill, these grinders are lovely. They are intended as a gift, and I will be so happy to give them to my daughter, who has wanted a pair of unique salt & pepper grinders for a while now. The Space Needle-inspired mills will have special meaning to her (as a reminder of a lovely family vacation to Seattle).
    I chose the red-stained pair, and I will note here that the hue is closer to an orange red. I know it all has to do with how the wood accepts the stain. Keep that in mind when choosing a color other than one that is more natural.
    They're lovely! Thank you! :-)

  • thewolfs81 on Mar 11, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Wouldn't it be fun if packages could tell us the adventures on which they embark? Through no fault of this seller's fault, my purchase of his Space Needle Pepper & Salt Mills somehow found their way to Anchorage (it should be pointed out that the pair began on the Mainland, were headed east ... yet found themselves in Alaska! There's the postal service for you!) When the parcel was well overdue, I contacted the woodsmith, and he was very responsive. Just shy of one month on its adventure, my pair of grinders arrived at my house, and upon unboxing them, I must say they were well worth waiting for. They're beautiful! Grandpas Turn -- a true artisan. Thank You! :-)

  • Rachel on Jan 20, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Cannot recommend this item and this seller more. This was a gift for my stepmom. I accidentally ordered the wrong color and they were kind enough to allow me to exchange it, shipping was quick and it still arrived before Christmas. I wrapped the box without opening it and later got a text from my stepmom with photos of the beautiful packaging and cute extra goodies that had been included with the mill. Just an outstanding experience.

  • irmadora11 on Jan 8, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    This grinder is the best, especially if you love pepper like we do! Its iconic shape, the quality of construction, the hand-made aspect, and it’s sheer beauty thrilled my husband upon receipt. It grinds well and the wood— just gorgeous! With the top as the turner, it feels good in the hands when grinding pepper.
    Great ship turn around, well packed, included some sweet extras because it was Christmas, peppercorns, etc.
    There was a small issue with my order but the seller immediately addressed and resolved it to my satisfaction over and beyond what I would expect!
    If you want a special, unique, high quality and useful item - made by hand- with the best customer service I have ever experienced, look no further.
    I have no affiliation with this company or its owners whatsoever, I am just a customer who is very happy!!!

  • Lisa on Dec 26, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Beautifully made, came with little extra bonus gifts, arrived in record time from WA to FL, absolutely love them!

  • A. Singh on Dec 14, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Lovely piece of functional artistry that just adds that extra touch to any kitchen. I had a minor issue with my order but I was able to work with Les to get it resolved quickly.

  • Amelia on Nov 4, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    So amazing! I’ve been looking for the perfect pepper grinder and this is it -very unique and amazing quality. Highly recommend!

  • Janice on Nov 1, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I bought this as a 5-year anniversary gift (wood anniversary) for my daughter and son-in-law, who recently moved to Seattle. It was the perfect gift and they loved it! Great communication from seller.

  • Patricia on Jan 12, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I have wanted one of these since I saw them in the Made in Washington store 20 years ago, now I finally have one. It was shipped immediately and packed well. It even came with a small bag of peppercorns that had a hole in the bag and they were all over the box. I used them anyway.

About GrandpasTurn

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It is Grandpa's Turn

My name is Les Johnson (aka Grandpa) and I am a woodworker + woodturner. I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by working with wood. After my retirement, over 20 years ago, I was able to make woodworking a fulltime reality. I enjoy that no two pieces of wood are alike and it's not until I start turning a piece that the wood reveals its hidden beauty. I create many types of items including bowls, bird feeders, bird houses, pens, and decorative reindeer… but my focus is pepper mills. My most famous pepper mill is of the iconic Seattle Space Needle (I have the exclusive rights to make Space Needle Pepper Mills, the same ones that are sold at the Space Needle and at the Made in Washington stores). I currently reside in Milton, Washington (just south of Seattle) with my lovely wife of 68 years.

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