Just before Christmas I had an email from an Executive Chef down in Florida. He was opening up a new restaurant and was searching for flatbread boards. He liked some of my other products and we worked together to come up with these 10×14″ walnut boards. The chartreuse edge was requested in order to match some of the same colour accents in the restaurant. They’ll be adding some rubber feet to the boards to keep them secure on the tables.
If you’re in Delray Beach, Florida, head over to Apeiro and grab a bite to eat on one of these boards! Remember that we’re always keen to work on custom orders no matter how big or small.
I was in my parents basement this morning when I came across the above Fisher Price Toy. It’s a Printing kit, judging by some of the paper I found inside the box, I got this when I was 4 years old, making this toy over 30 years old. I have always loved crafty things like this and I grabbed it thinking my five year old would love it as well. As I left I was thinking how I’d need to find a new ink pad likely, and hopefully my daughter would be patient while I figured out if any of it still worked.
To my surprise, the well used toy was complete, and everything still worked. The original ink pad still had ink and the refill bottle was still half full (there was even a form to mail away for extra refills). We had an awesome afternoon playing with it, but I couldn’t help but be blown away that this 30+ year old toy still worked perfectly, and would likely work for another 30 years. This sort of quality is rare these days, and it’s something I’ve been thinking about with my products.
My bird houses for instance, while they look fragile, they are very durable and weather proof. I hung up a pair of them on my back shed for an entire year before I decided to start selling the design. After a year I was satisfied that they were high enough quality. Now going on 3 years, the pair still hangs on the shed, and with no maintenance, they are a bit more grey than before, but still keeps the elements off my feathered friends.
I often get questions about care for my various chopping boards. I always tell people to wipe them with a damp/soapy cloth, reapply mineral oil if they look dry, the usual things for cutting boards. This is certainly playing it safe, and they will never come to any harm with this regimen, but is it really necessary? That’s what I plan to find out. I’m making a couple of mini boards, one maple with colour block and a second plain walnut. I’ll prepare them just as I do all my other boards, but these two are going to take a trip in the dishwasher, in fact 10 trips to be precise. Have I gone mad? Maybe, but if these boards can survive 10 trips through the dishwasher, then they can survive just about anything. Stay tuned…
Mike from BrokenStick.ca stopped by my shop the other day. We commiserated about the lack of available sticks for our projects. I’ve had to turn down far too many orders for hockey stick cutting boards due to lack of wood sticks. We soon also discovered we went to the same school years ago, small world!
Mike was kind enough to give me a couple of his hockey stick bottle openers. I used a similar design last holiday season for bottle openers but used scrap wood from other projects instead of hockey sticks. They were a great seller but a bit mind numbing to produce after a while…
So I do make other things besides cutting boards, just seems like that’s what gets posted most often. The bottom two boards were Anniversary/Christmas presents for my parents and in-laws. They were both well received, and unfortunately are rarely used “because they’re just too nice”. The top board was meant to be the same as the bottom two, but since the glue up wasn’t as flat as it could have been, I had a few exciting passes through the planer (read “projectile cutting board”). Anyways, the rectangular board got smaller and smaller, until it became a square board. Worked out in the end.
All boards are made from maple and walnut, food safe glue, and some colourful acrylic accent paint. Finished with food-safe mineral oil. The small one was put on Etsy and sold a few weeks ago!