Please note that all my products are individually designed and hand crafted, with many hours of work going into each piece. If you're looking for something cheap and mass-produced then these are not for you. However, if you're wanting a unique piece of functional art for your kitchen or table that is carefully crafted, then read on. From the sourcing and selection of each piece of timber, through to the final creative touch of a burnishing cloth, you can be assured of quality and care in the creation of your unique piece of Blue Empress Func-Art.
Some items are immediately available and others are made to order, depending on stock, demand, and timber availability. All in-stock items are marked below. If you see a design you like I can make it from the timber/s of your choice, usually within 5-7 days. As every piece of timber has its own unique grain pattern, no two mills will be the same, apart from the design itself. I can also customize the size of your grinder/mill. The height of spice grinders start at 175 mm, salt and pepper mills range from 200 mm - 500 mm. All items are individually hand-crafted from fallen or reclaimed timbers that have been carefully seasoned and are finished with natural oils, beeswax, and shellac, ensuring the enduring natural beauty of the timber is retained.
All my grinders and mills are fitted with CrushGrind mechanisms. Made in Denmark they utilise ceramic grinding surfaces, preventing pitting and corrosion, and are guaranteed for 25 years. With 14 grind settings you can go from coarse to ultra-fine grinds.
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Made from a single piece of AAA Victorian Blackwood from the Maton Guitar Custom Shop, and a piece of Murray River Red Gum salvaged from the stumps of a 120 year old Footscray cottage, the Dreadnought stands an impressive 490 mm tall and is topped by a coronet of American Rock Maple. It is named after Maton's Custom Shop Dreadnought guitars. Australian Blackwood is highly sought after as a tone wood by luthiers world-wide and I was lucky to source this timber from Maton's collection. Thanks to my mate Tony Woods for the Red Gum stumps!
This mill is one of my earliest attempts to incorporate the sensibilities of the Bauhaus movement, with its insistence that art should not separate form and function. I have tried to exemplify the relationship between beauty and the every day usefulness of a common, kitchen item. The Bauhaus is turned from a beautiful piece of coastal banksia, sourced from Convent Beach, near our home in Yamba
Named in honor of the Maton Blackwood Series of hand-crafted Aussie guitars, and made from a AAA piece of Victorian Blackwood, sourced from the Maton Factory. Simplicity of design and integrity of craftsmanship are Maton hallmarks that I have sought to emulate in this piece. I have a limited amount of this timber so get in soon if you want a Blackie.
This mill pays tribute to the Parker Family, furniture makers from Sydney who, in the 1950's, introduced Danish and Scandinavian furniture design to Aussie households. Made from a beautiful piece of Bolivian Rosewood, a much sought after timber by furniture and instrument makers, the tight grains and soft rose-like coloration make this an exquisite piece, standing 320 mm tall.
When I began to turn this piece of Australian River Oak I was taken by the swirling grain patterns, natural crazing, and the central knot feature. It all reminded me of the background to Edvard Munch's famous painting 'The Scream'. Many wood turners avoid knotted, crazed timbers, but I've got an affinity for them - perhaps because of my own crazes and knots! An elegant piece that stands 245 mm high it is finished with a high lustre that accentuates the unique patterns of the River Oak, which will never be reproduced.
Designed as a spice grinder, though it can function as a salt or pepper mill, this piece is turned from Camphor Laurel and stands 180mm tall and is 90mm at its widest point. Utilising a shaftless CrushGrind Wood mechanism, it fills thru the removable top spiggot.