|8″ Dailey style pepper mill made in seven color laminated wood|
I promised in a post a while ago that I had one more pepper mill design to share with you. The last design would be the Dailey style and yup, you guessed it, the design is named for my family. I don’t make very many of this design and you won’t find it on my website, at least not right away. I don’t remember now which turning symposium that I was at but I saw a gentleman named Mark Sfirri demonstrate offset turnings. Basically you start off with your turning just like all of the others but after a little turning you move the center line over a little bit and turn some more. You can do this as much as you would like provided you either don’t run out of wood or break the piece. I thought it would be cool to try offset or off center turning on a pepper mill. The difference between what I had seen Mark do and what I wanted to do was that I actually have a 1 1/16″ hole running right up the center of my mills and he was using a solid piece of wood. So with the hole in mind I set out to see exactly how far I could push this design without breaking through into the hole in the center. What you see pictured above is one of my first attempts. I was happy with the outcome and now I’m eager to try the offset turning on other pieces like candle sticks and goblets.