In 2005 I came up with the design idea after cutting down a dead Elm tree in my backyard. Since then I copyrighted the design, and have been making pepper and salt mills using an original and simply stunning material. No live trees are damaged in making these mills.
In addition, using a water based finish, from a home based business eliminates any environmental harm caused by most other manufacturing facilities.
Some have attempted to copy my design, but there is no other as fine as the original tree branch Cottage Mill®. If it's not signed by me, it's not an original.
The original mechanisms we used were top quality. As with most products, new ideas, designs, technologies, and materials develop, and recently a new mechanism has emerged as the best in the world: CrushGrind®.
What's great about these mechanisms is not only the 25 year guarantee on the ceramic parts, but since they are ceramic, and adjustable, they can be filled with anything that can be ground. Peppercorns, rock salt, fennel, any grind-able spice is no match for these mechanisms. Now, the most environmentally friendly grinder on the planet have the most flexible and highest quality mechanism available.