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Holly Fruit Muddler

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I made this fruit muddler as a present for a friend who has an affinity for Mojitos. The wood is from some Holly branches collected from another friend’s yard trimmings a couple of months ago. The wood was still fairly green when I worked with it, so I got to experience the joy of watching 3-foot long shavings shoot past my shoulder as it turned on the lathe. Most of what I turn daily is either kiln or air dried. It was a real treat to turn something green for a change, just for the shear pleasure of it, plus Holly takes a fabulous finish because it’s so hard.

As its name suggests, the muddler is great for muddling or smashing fruit or herbs in a cocktail shaker or glass, such as cut limes and mint leaves for Mojitos. You can also use it for grinding fresh herbs like garlic, ginger, chillies, etc. to make pastes, or for crushing dried herbal seeds and spices on a board or bowl.

This muddler is 8″ long with approximates of 1.5″ rounds but I can make custom ones to fit your bar set or kitchen needs.

Price: US$30
Status: Available for custom order. Click here to inquire.

Holly Slimline Ballpoint Pen

A couple of years ago, a friend’s house burned down mysteriously. He would eventually sell the property it sat on, but not before cutting down a few trees that had been damaged in the fire. This Holly (Ilex …?, one of 600 or so species – your guess is as good as mine!) was right in front of the house and dying. He gave me several pieces about six feet long and around 8-10″ in diameter. What I didn’t realize when I went out to pick it up was how heavy it was going to be. It was a bit of a grunt getting all the pieces up into my truck, but I finally did.Holly is really nice to work with. It’s very hard, and machines almost like metal, taking a very fine finish right from the knife and doesn’t require a lot of sanding. I made this particular pen for my friend as a thank you & birthday gift. I’m looking forward to making many more things from the Holly he gave me.

Mechanism: The mechanism is Cross style and refills are readily available in most office supply stores.


Finish: The pen was sanded up to 400 grit, then burnished with 0000 steel wool to bring up a smooth surface. It was then finished with mineral oil, bee’s & carnauba wax and a final polish with paraffin wax.

Price: US$35
Item Ref No: HSP0007
Status: Gifted but a similar pen may be available. Click here to inquire.

Photo by Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry