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Mike hawkins rocks!!!

I finally bit the bullet and decided to put my worries aside and turned my very first pepper mill. Using Mike Hawkins' pepper mill tutorial as my guide, I took my time and turned my first pepper mill. I'm very pleased with the results and so is my wife. It was also my first experience with turning walnut. Great wood to turn. I had a blast. A big thank you goes out to Mike Hawkins (a.k.a. firehawk) for his generosity in providing these tutorials and all of his advice on turning here in the forum. As the title of this thread states.....MIKE HAWKINS ROCKS!!!
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post #2 of 16 Old 03-28-2010, 02:19 PM
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Beautiful pepper mill! I'm going to have to try that. I've got his tutorial also, but haven't worked my way up a project like that yet. Yeah he's great. Just getting started, his advice has been invaluable.
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Mike Hawkins rocks

Hey,great looking piece,you done did good.I thinks its great when some of our fellow woodworkers take the time to put these tutorials together for the other folks. Thanks folks.

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nice job Ken ... what finish did you use?

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Very nice pepper mill.

I know Mike, He is the newsletter editor of our Club.
http://northcoastwoodturners.org/New...wsletters.aspx
He is also a really nice guy in person. He is always able, eager and willing to help others.

Nice job on both.
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Thanks for the kind words guys. Kenbo, the peppermill turned out very nice. Next question is did you get some peppercorns and load it up? You will find they are kind of addictive. When your friends or relatives come over, they all want one. Try taking some different colored woods and glue up a laminate block. You never know what they are going to look like until you start turning.
If anyone else would like the tutorial, just drop me an email at:
[email protected]. It's free for the asking.
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Kenbo that looks awesome! I like the shape you put together very much. I am getting ready to order some of the mechanisms this week. I was looking through Mike's tutorial last week again as I went to a seminar of Nick Cook and I wanted to be ahead of the curve when he was discussing peppermills.

Mike's tutorial is a such a straightforward walk through turning a peppermill that I think anyone could attempt one after reading it. I'll add to the sentiment, Mike Hawkins does rock!

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Looks very nice. I have had the tutorial for quite a while and everything that I need to make one... I just haven't had the chance to get into it...

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Thanks a lot for the compliments guys. I really do give Mike all of the credit. His tutorial gave me the confidence that I needed to complete the project. Thanks for the laminate block suggestion Mike. Sounds like a woodturning suprise pack. I'll have to try that.
Phinds, I use laquer.......4 coats as suggested by the tutorial and then buffed it with the Beal 3 step buffing system. I'm very pleased with the results. I might try something a little more elaborate the next time. My wife wants a salt mill now. We used to have one but it broke. You use coarse sea salt in it instead of peppercorns. I'm thinking a lighter coloured wood to distinguish between salt and pepper.
To all of you members that have Mike's tutorial and haven't tried it yet..............WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? I can't believe I didn't try it sooner. I had, quite possibly, the most fun turning this piece out of any piece I have ever turned. Try it, you wont be disappointed.
(Can you tell I'm pleased with myself )

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Real nice peppermill Kenbo and thanks to Mike Hawkins for sending me a copy of his Tutorial.

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wow -- that turned out great

Thanks for sharing, now I'm going to write asking Mike for his tutorial!

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Thanks for the Tutorial, Mike.

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Hey Mike , got your email , looks great ,thank you Glen.ps cant wait to try it.
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Thanks for the Tutorial, Mike.
ditto -- thanks Mike ...

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Well done Ken. Very nice project. I am somewhat amazed that this was your first turning project, however. Anything else on the agenda?

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Well done Ken. Very nice project. I am somewhat amazed that this was your first turning project

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I have to say that this is not my first lathe project but it is the first one that took some skill. All of my other projects have been simple with little skill or technique needed. This is however my first pepper mill.

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