CrushGrind Crafts Award

The winner of Crafts Award 2019
“Wild African gift to Mankind from Mother Nature” by Piet Smith
     

This beautiful salt/pepper mill is 30cm high with a CrushGrind® Shaft mechanism 260mm inside.
The wood is African Wild Olive – Olea europaea – subspecie Africana.

The story behind the product
"We harvest this African Wild Olive in the North-West Province of South Africa on a Bushveld farm.
The fallen trees burned down some years ago and most of these trees are well over 300 years old.

The temperature in this area is usually about 38 degrees Celsius or 100 degrees Fahrenheit!
To find these trees we travel 350 kilometres into the amazing and wild African bush.
We cut wood for about 6 hours and then have enough to keep us for about 3 months.
On our return to my house in Pretoria we cut, sort and stack the wood into more manageable sizes.

We are always on the lookout for unique pieces of wood which is from nature
itself and then clean these pieces up to fit the CrushGrind® mechanism.
We believe this particular piece of wood was hit by lighting or damaged by
animal horn or tusk and then the tree tried to cure itself by growing over the
damaged area."