Archive for the ‘Lazy Susan’ Tag

Using Different Woods Is Key   Leave a comment

Mr Ms BrandI keep changing it up. Different woods result in different colors, different combinations … different.

There’s a finite number of woods, of course, and many woods are relatively poor choices for cutting boards. However, they can be excellent choices for decorative pieces like cheese boards, bowls, or … well, I’ll figure out the other options as I go.

In this collection, you’ll see some of my old favorites like Black Walnut, Cherry and Yellowheart. There’s some rarer choices, too, like Hickory, Goncalo Alves and Honey Locust.

Want to talk boards? Come see me Thursday night at the Valencia Town Center Farmer’s Market, 4-8pm. And this weekend, you can see the whole Mrs. M’s Handmade crew at the Quartz Hill Almond Blossom Festival, 10a – 5p, Saturday & Sunday.

Hope to see you soon!

The Lazy Susan Project   Leave a comment

As I work my way towards an inventory of 150 pieces … I returned to Lazy Susans. Here are 8.

Each piece is between 15 – 17″ in diameter, and approximately 1″ thick.

I’ll have them stacked up on the back table so you can spin each of them individually. Give’em a whirl. I know I will!


The Cleverest Waitress In The World

Posted February 15, 2015 by henrymowry in Woodworking

Tagged with ,

The Cleverest Waitress In The World   2 comments

George III mahogany Lazy Susan, circa 1780, sold for about $3,900 by Christie's in London in 2010. Photo credit: Christies.

George III mahogany Lazy Susan, circa 1780, sold for about $3,900 by Christie’s in London in 2010. Photo credit: Christies.

We don’t know. We just don’t know.

The origin of the term “Lazy Susan” was probably in the 20th century … it was used to promote Ovington’s $8.50 mahogany “Revolving Server or Lazy Susan” in a 1917 Vanity Fair ad. That ad also stated that the device was “the cleverest waitress in the world.”

That points to the probable origin of the device, which was first observed in Europe in the 17th century … probably as a replacement for servants. That same ad says the price of $8.50 is “an impossibly low wage for a good servant.”

Some people have tried to say Thomas Jefferson invented them … but that isn’t true. He did not use them at Monticello. These revolving devices were certainly used in the 1700s in Europe and the US, but they were called “dumb waiters.”

A dumb waiter because they could not speak?

A lazy Susan because servants were generically known as “Susan?”

No clue.

What I do know is that I had 3 orders to make them for Christmas presents, and those were delivered today. No clue what the recipients will call them. All 5 are Black Walnut and about 15″ in diameter.


WorldWideWords: Lazy Susan

Wikipedia: Lazy Susan

LA Times: Who Was Susan And Was She Truly Lazy?

%d bloggers like this: