This peppermill has an antique-style peppermill mechanism that adjusts easily from coarse to extra fine. The metal is an Antique Brass finish. It does not accommodate salt since it is metal. The body of the mill is Purpleheart an exotic wood, which comes from South America. The grain is subtle in this piece. It is machine shaped, with the changes in color and the grain accenting the shape. It has a very durable food safe finish. It can be washed with soap and water and dried immediately. It can NOT be put in the dishwasher. If it appears dry apply mineral oil.