Pestle and Mortar archive

Monday 6 October 2008

Nick Arnull makes a sycamore pestle and mortar


This pestle and mortar was requested by the kitchen commander - my wife Jane!

I did not want to make another round-bottomed bowl so this gave me a problem; how do I make a turned product that is not completely round?

The solution was to leave part of it square. An added bonus was that it would be more stable in the kitchen.

I kept the design simple as too much decoration provides an ideal home for germs and debris. I would also recommend using a tight-grained timber to avoid dirt traps such as sycamore (Acer), fruitwood, maple (Acer campestre) and beech (Fagus).

For the finish, I used vegetable oil as it is durable, it is readily available, and can be easily re-finished when it becomes grubby.

For this project, I chose to use English sycamore (Acer). For the mortar, the timber size was 150mm (6in) x 150mm (6in) x 75mm (3in). For the pestle, I used a piece of timber 150mm (6in) x 25mm (1in).

David Preece

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Health And Safety

- Protect your eyes and lungs at all times, and work at a speed that you feel comfortable and safe
- Always reduce lathe rotation speed when using wood that is not round and alternative chucking methods that you are not familiar with
- Keep the tool rest between you and the work. Never let your fingers cross over to the other side

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