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2023/02/09 - Guild Meeting - Lighthouse Peppermill with Jim and Rita Duxbury

Bob Edmiston | Published on 11/8/2022

Lighthouse Peppermill with Jim and Rita Duxbury

Please note that this Guild meeting and demonstration will be presented in Hybrid form. Members may choose to attend live at the NC State Craft Center or attend via Zoom.

  • Thursday February 9th
  • NC State Craft Center and Zoom call. Call opens a 6:15 for socializing
  • Meeting begins at 6:45 PM
  • Demonstrations begins at 7 PM

The fascination with lighthouses throughout the world is difficult to explain.  It may be the stories connected to the lives of the lonely lighthouse keepers, the haunting tales of pirates and shipwrecks along the rocky coastlines, or the wonderful memories of spending the summer at the beach with family.  Whatever it is, lighthouses have a mystic that continues to captivate the imagination. 

A uniquely designed wooden pepper mill is always a favorite both to turn and to use.  Jim has made numerous pepper mills of various shapes and sizes.  The most popular is always the lighthouse design.  Typically, the peppermill is made from a dark species of wood. Jim also makes a salt grinder from a lighter colored wood with the appropriate salt assembly to be used as a pair.


In this demonstration, Jim will show how to size the cylinder, inlay the revolving light, shape the roof and assemble the mechanism.  Like always Jim will show many tips, tricks and short cuts that could be incorporated in other turning projects also.

We hope to see you for this demonstration and guarantee you will see the light too!

About our demonstrators:

Jim Duxbury, woodturner and inventor, is the kind of guy who thinks and creates “out of the box.”  His turnings are unique, and he seldom turns the same thing twice.  Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he now 
resides in Graham North Carolina.  With the help of his wife, Rita and inspiration from his pet parrotlet, “Bean” creativity abounds in his studio.  Constantly improving and solving problems to make his skills more efficient and functional, he enjoys teaching others the craft of woodturning, woodworking, and kaleidoscope construction.  He prides himself in creating wooden items of beauty that also are designed to function well.  His fascination with wood and wood grains, from the most exotic to the common native varieties, and with the ability to employ the wood lathe and adapt tools, all lead to experiments of new and exciting ideas.
Jim Duxbury

Rita Duxbury

A Massachusetts native, Rita now resides in Graham, North Carolina.  With 40+ years as an educator coupled with 21 years as a US Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer, Rita has traveled the world, always ready for a new adventure. With an interest in woodturning, a keen appreciation for the beauty and qualities of wood, and with the mentoring of her husband, Jim, she has advanced from sweeping sawdust to creating her own unique wooden pieces.  Rita and Jim team up to present demonstrations at woodturning clubs, symposiums and workshops throughout the country.
The Zoom logon information will be sent to each member in the meeting notice.