We believe that a well crafted spice mill is the ultimate combination of art and function, and that quality of design, materials, workmanship and service is paramount to our success. With this in mind we always promise you our best. • Irwin & Susan Seidman – Spicemills.ca
With customer testimonials like “Can’t wait to hold my next dinner party. The pepper and salt mill will be the centre piece of my table setting” or “I was visiting from (St Louis) . . . and purchased one of your pepper mills. OMG – it is not only beautiful but works incredibly”, it is no wonder that proprietors Irwin and Susan Seidman are delighted with the direction their artisan micro business is taking.
After many years in an urban corporate environment, the couple decided to pursue the dream of a small town artisan lifestyle. They settled in Southwestern Ontario (Owen Sound) and in 2010 opened Spicemills.ca. Irwin, who does all the hands-on design and fine crafting says that he has always enjoyed working with wood. “I have been a passionate woodturning hobbyist for almost 20 years, and am thrilled with the decision to morph this interest into a full time endeavour.” Looking after the businesses administration, including coordinating the large number of shows and events the couple does each year, wife and business partner Susan echoes these thoughts.
When recently asked “why pepper mills?”, the couple cites synchronicity and says “it really comes down to a love of food and a love of working with wood. Making spice mills seemed like the perfect combination.”
What makes the Seidmans and their Spicemills.ca successful is a combination of quality, service, differentiation, consumer demand, and niche marketing, and the large number of customer testimonials clearly supports the success of their business model.
So what make an Artisan Spice Mill™ from Spicemills.ca so different?
“Three simple words: functional, reliable and beautiful.” That’s how Chef Kelly Yarrow describes his handturned artisan mill from Spicemills.ca. The executive chef at the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge in Lake Louise Alberta, Chef Yarrow has earned a reputation for fine dining cuisine with a global flair. We are thrilled that he loves his spice mill, but perhaps what excites us most is that with all his experience and exposure to the finest in kitchen accessories, it’s a handcrafted Spicemills.ca artisan mill that he chooses to use at home. Thanks Chef!
Chef Robin Pradhan of the Rocky Raccoon Cafe in Owen Sound (recommended in Ann Hardy’s Where to Eat in Canada ) says “Irwin really has created a beautiful design and great functionality… I also like that he uses a ceramic mechanism which allows these mills to grind pepper, salt or spice. I am very pleased and would recommend Spicemills.ca to both professional and home chefs alike.”
Each Artisan Spice Mill™ from Spicemills.ca is individually made by Irwin in his Owen Sound workshop using the finest quality domestic and exotic hardwoods and hand buffed to a soft sheen using the best earth friendly non-toxic wood finishes. Featuring his signature minaret style design™, each mill differs in natural colour, grain, texture and size, thus making each truly one-of-a-kind. Beyond the beautiful design and fine craftsmanship is an integral authentic CrushGrind® ceramic grinding mechanism, and yes, as Chef Pradhan notes, every Spicemills.ca mill functions equally well as a pepper mill, salt mill or spice mill.
About the Artisan
Born in Montreal Quebec, Irwin Seidman has lived most of his life in Southern Ontario and has called Owen Sound home since 2005. He started turning wood in 1995 and has been teaching the art and craft since 2003.
Previously operating under the Mapleseed Gallery moniker, he created Spicemills.ca in 2010 by blending his passion for wood turning with a love for cooking. “Spicemills.ca allows me to explore a unique niche within the world of wood turning” notes Irwin.
With a strong focus on both art and function, Irwin developed his unique minaret inspired design to represent an exotic signature statement for his spice mills. To complement these mills, Irwin also hand turns some beautifully functional bowls and spice funnels which often feature the additional exploration of textured surfaces.
Over the years, Irwin has been a member of numerous local, regional, and international woodturning and art associations, and currently maintains a professional membership in the American Association of Woodturners and is a member of the Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op. In addition to his woodturning experience, he has a business background, is a graduate of the Centennial College Teacher of Adults program, and has previously taught Woodturning 101 for Lee Valley Tools Ltd in Toronto.
Examples of Irwin’s work can be found in shops, galleries, exhibits and private collections worldwide and online here at spicemills.ca. For more information about Irwin’s work, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to playing a key role in the business operation of Spicemills.ca., partner Susan Seidman is an accomplished artist herself. Susan’s interpretive and semi abstract style is original and her paintings often reflect the extraordinary in everyday life.
We invite you to browse her portfolio at www.mapleseedgallery.ca.