A while back..... OK, it was almost EIGHT YEARS ago..... I got a nice little box of Olive Wood from Toni, I've had it on my shelf and I've been looking for a project for it for a LONG time, I finally found it.
I've been really trying to eat better, and something that I realized our kitchen does not have is a Mortar and Pestle, sure I could just buy one, but when I doing some research about them I found that one of the woods used in making these is Olive wood..... wait a minute, I have a nice chunk of Olive wood sitting on my shelf down in the Dungeon....
Yep, June 2008....
A nice square chunk of Olive wood and another piece that will someday make a nice fat cigar pen!
I put it on the lathe and I made the bottom just ever so slightly concave, and I also just took some of the corners off, so that the mortar will sit nicely on the counter with a ring of contact.
I also put my finish on the bottom while I could.
I cheated and used a forstner bit to do most of the hollowing.
I think it looks great! The bottom is almost flat, just slightly concave.
There that is done.
Next up I made the pestle out of a piece of Beech I have, as it is a good strong wood.
I think I'll call that done and see how it works!
PS Toni, sorry it took so very long to use this piece of wood that you so kindly gave me.
I hope you like what I did with it.