My wife, a lover of science, has several mortar and pestle sets around our house. They’re made of marble, porcelain and glass, and she’ll occasionally put them to use for grinding various kitchen spices. Still, I’ve never thought to make a wooden mortar and pestle set until I read Kurt Hertzog’s article on the topic. It’s our AAW feature article for this month. Now for the life of me, I can’t understand why I haven’t given this project a whirl already! Hardwood is more than strong enough for general grinding and mashing, Kurt says, and turning the bowl-shaped mortar and a spindle for the pestle is bread-and-butter easy for a woodturner with modest skills. So despite the fact that our household really doesn’t need another mortar and pestle set, I’m going to give this project a go anyway. Looks like a fun few hours at the lathe, and for me, that’s usually reason enough. I hope you’ll do the same!
Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal
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