Texas Post Oak Burl Wood Salt and Pepper Mills

Texas Post Oak Burl Wood Salt and Pepper Mills

$325.00

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Two beautiful mills, pepper and salt, made from Texas Post Oak Burl # 199 Note: Post Oak Burl will have voids, bark incursions and cracks etc, these are not defects! These are some of the most intense burls I’ve seen in Post Oak a true one of a kind! 

The two mills stand about 6 1/2″ tall and 2 3/4″ wide. 

Beautiful hand-turned salt and pepper mills are the perfect complement to any kitchen. This Salt mill feature a ceramic, two-stage fully adjustable grinding mechanism that cracks salt crystals before they are crushed and ground.

Here are some of the features of the Salt mill…

*Durable, premium quality grinding mechanism

*Unique two-stage mechanism produces unmatched consistency while grinding

*Produces a significant amount of fresh, aromatic salt or spice with only a quarter turn

*Top adjustment knobs feature a “S”

*Durable ceramic grinding mechanism with full adjustability

*Guaranteed to last a lifetime

This Pepper mill feature a high-carbide, two-stage fully adjustable grinding mechanism that cracks peppercorns before they are crushed and ground. Here are some of the features of the Pepper mill…

*Durable, premium quality grinding mechanisms

*Unique two-stage mechanism produces unmatched consistency while grinding

*Produces a significant amount of fresh, aromatic pepper with only a quarter turn

*Top adjustment knob features a “P”

*High-carbide grinding mechanism with full adjustability

*Guaranteed to last a lifetime

Quercus stellata (Post oak) is an oak in the white oak group. It is a small tree, typically 10–15 m tall and 30–60 cm trunk diameter, though occasional specimens reach 30 m tall and 140 cm diameter. It is native to the eastern United States, from Connecticut in the northeast, west to southern Iowa, southwest to central Texas, and southeast to northern Florida. It is one of the most common oaks in the southern part of the eastern prairies, such as in the Cross Timbers. The leaves have a very distinctive shape, with three perpendicular terminal lobes, shaped much like a Maltese Cross. They are leathery, and tomentose (densely short-hairy) beneath. The branching pattern of this tree often gives it a rugged appearance. The acorns are 1.5–2 cm long, and are mature in their first summer. The name refers to the use of the wood of this tree for fence posts. Its wood, like that of the other white oaks, is hard, tough and rot-resistant. This tree tends to be smaller than most other members of the group, with lower, more diffuse branching, largely reflecting its tendency to grow in the open on poor sites, so its wood is of relatively low value as sawn lumber. It is also a popular wood for smoking Texas barbecue.

Burl (British bur or burr) is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds. Burls are the product of a cambium. A burl results from a tree undergoing some form of stress. It may be environmental or introduced by humans. Most burls grow beneath the ground, attached to the roots as a type of malignancy that is generally not discovered until the tree dies or falls over. Such burls sometimes appear as groups of bulbous protrusions connected by a system of rope-like roots. Almost all burl wood is covered by bark, even if it is underground. Insect infestation and certain types of mold infestation are the most common causes of this condition. In some tree species, burls can grow to great size. Some of the largest occur in redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens); when moisture is present, these burls can grow new redwood trees. Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, one prized for its beauty by many; its rarity also adds to its expense. It is sought after by people such as furniture makers, artists, and wood sculptors.

There are a number of well-known types of burls (each from a particular species); these are highly valued and used as veneers in furniture, inlay in doors, picture frames, household objects, automobile interior paneling and trim, and woodturning. The famous birdseye maple superficially resembles the wood of a burl but is something else entirely. Burl wood is very hard to work in a lathe or with hand tools because its grain is misshapen and not straight.

Bryan Tyler Nelson is NELSONWOOD

Bryan Nelson cutting a Texas Burl down

Bryan Nelson harvesting a Texas Burl.

I was first exposed to woodworking in my Junior High School years. It was just a class I took with my friends. I did turn a bowl, which I still have, but it was one of the scariest thing I ever did at that age.   That was really the extent of it till around the year 1998 I was given 45 solid oak church pews, thus it began.

With the purchase of a surface planer, a second hand radial arm saw and a few hand tools I built bookcases, beds, benches and tables for friends and family. I found that I have a knack. I acquired all my knowledge and skill through trial and error and many hours of reading. Over the years I did small and big projects. But I found my true love (well second) when I purchased my first lathe a 14” Jet. After a year I bought a bigger lathe Oneway 2436 and started pushing the limits.

A day usually doesn’t go by with out something being turned. On a normal day I’ll produce 3-10 turned items. I have over 5,000 bowls sold through retail and internet sales (I sign, date and number each bowl). Wood turning is what I spend most of my woodworking time on. I have a great respect and love of wood; if you were to look in my storage building and workshop, which hold between 80 to a 140 species of wood at any give time. You got to love the stuff to keep all this around!

Wood is the most perfect of gods creations. A living treasure of hidden beauty that remains hidden till it’s death. I am humbled to be able to reveal to all some of this hidden beauty. To help the trees live again, to be resurrected and shine again.   I find great satisfaction in saving some of the local wood in my area from their final resting place, fire pit or dump. Some of the largest and great bowls have come from local woods in my own neighborhood.

If we, the human race, would put aside our greed and think clearly of how to use our forest, there would be no danger to our forest and jungles. The trees and people could live in harmony. Trees living long, then when their life force is spent they could live again with help of man. We just have to find the balance………….

Nelsonwood

All items listed in NELSONWOOD are handcrafted by Bryan Nelson a self taught woodworker and wood turner. He has a love for the inter beauty of wood and is constantly in search of the hidden treasure that mother nature has stowed away in trees. His past work can be viewed at www.nelsonwood.com

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