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Winter 2013-2014

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My new cutting board design

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A year ago I blogged about the cutting board workshop I gave on a Manhattan rooftop. The thing is that I also like to make and sell cutting boards. I love the simplicity and the presence of a thick and solid wooden board. They are so handy on the kitchen counter when food is chopped, or loaded with cheese and bread in the middle of a coffee table.  Or, as a massive table trivet to carry a hot cast-iron pot to the center of a candle light dinner. I enjoy coming up with different designs for cutting boards and I think that a good board needs to be as nice to look at as it is to use. My newest design includes a wide hole and two channels that intersect it. A rope can nest in these channels to allow the board to stay flat. The rope is a nice detail that allow you to hang it on the wall for decoration or when you need to let it dry after washing.

To make the boards I began by milling the wood and crosscutting the individual boards to length. I continued to drill holes close to the crosscut egde. Then, I set up the router table and the bit and cut the channels. Following this comes the laborious and boring sanding chore, branding the boards with my hot stamp, and wet sanding them with organic flaxseed oil. 

I am exited that Pod, a boutique housewares store in Brookline Massachusetts now carries my boards. Pod owner Julie has an exquisite taste in all aspects of design and what makes her store special is that they carry other goods made by American crafts persons.

Here are some picture of the making of the boards, and of the completed pieces. 

These are the boards I made for Pod.....

And these are the Natural-edge boards I make when I find exiting scraps to work with.