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Cutting Board 101

The cutting boards you see here are all handcrafted by me in my shop. I spend most of the winter hiding in my heated shop in the backyard to avoid the Nebraska weather.


I design and create each board to be unique. The challenge and puzzle of creating these functional pieces is what keeps me on my toes.  I really love making custom and individualized pieces for family, friends, friends of friends and strangers (thanks to the Internet).  

These boards are decorative kitchen art but they are designed for real use. I have had many people tell me that their board is "too pretty to use" or that "I couldn't possibly CUT something on this."  You should definitely consider these boards to be safe, sturdy and exceptionally functional members of your kitchen and entertaining team.

Cutting End Grain segments
Illustration of End Grain vs Flat Grain (edge grain)

Most or my cutting boards are end grain construction, which makes the construction process more complex but the end product more robust. End grain cutting boards provide the best surface on which to cut and will outlast flat grain boards.


I begin by cutting wood into small pieces and then arrange them (on end) into patterns. They are then pressed and glued together, using a food-safe glue. 

Flat grain boards are a recent addition to my product line.  I have added flat grain boards because of requests for a more economical simpler board that could be used as a serving board, cheese board or charcuterie board.  

I use only hardwood species, which increases the durability and functionality of these custom boards. I do not use any preservatives, sealants, stains or varnishes. The finished boards have only been treated with mineral oil (a standard aid for digestion).

The boards are created using a mixture of hardwoods (Cherry, Walnut, Maple, Mahogany, etc.) and also a variety of imported wood species (Bloodwood, Red Heart, Wenge, Yellowheart, Zebrawood, etc.). However, there are certainly other species that can be used to add character and contrast to our boards.


Please browse the pictures in the STORE as well as DESIGN IDEA PORTFOLIO cutting boards to help you gather ideas on what I can do and you may like for your board.  


If you see something that you are interested in purchasing, have questions about anything that you see displayed or are curious about how to begin designing your own custom cutting board, please use the CONTACT US button at the top right of your screen to send me an e-mail. Be sure include your name and either the name of the board or board number you are inquiring about.

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