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I love how this board came out - it has the entire family on the cutting board. The top three letters are the kids - A, K, S - and then the bottom row has the initials of the mother and father - I and S. 

What really makes it work is the boarder, I think. I hadn't tried doing a full border around a board - and it was a bit tricky and took a while, requiring two additional glue-ups. Arranging the maple in the rows with the letters to work well with the maple in the blank rows also took some more time, but the end result was worth it, though.

Can't see from this picture, but it has the usual lip on the front and the side handholds and underside handholds as well. 

Here's a recently completed board that I think came out really well:

It was for a couple and the the initials are "PG" - the "P" is on the bottom left, the "G" is top right, but upside down and backwards. Rotate it 180° and looks alright. The board is for serving large tasty meats on the table, and looks good from any seat. It has an au jus groove as well as two deep reservoirs for particularly juicy cuts.

As can see above, this board features the more subtle letters, as well as more subtle handholds:

Wall-mountable too, of course, for storage. 

Bottles and cans of my wood oil and wood wax now at  By Brooklyn. Works great on any woodenware in your kitchen - cutting boards, butcher block counter tops, wooden spoons, salad bowls, etc.

It's made from mineral oil, beeswax, anise oil, and orange oil. Works great and smells great (but not enough smell to flavor what you’re cutting on the board, of course).

The oil is great for regular maintenance (like a nice coating once a month), the wax is for adding a bit of shine and added protection, as well as helping to bring back to life a board that may have seen better days.

Coat the board, wait a while (at least 15min), and wipe off the excess and buff w/ paper towel or cloth. If you really want to get fancy, you can heat them up (a double boiler works well – the microwave won’t work), and that will help it soak into the wood.

Plan to have it in other stores soon. At least stop by By Brooklyn and give it a smell. The wax also works very well as a lip balm.

In the coming weeks you'll be able to buy it from this site via a proper online store as well (finally!).]]>

Just Food's Let Us Eat Local tasting event is coming up and is a great way to support local farmers. This year a portion of the proceeds will go to farmers affected by Irene.

If you can't make it to the event, bid in the auction. Lots of great stuff, including a lovely cutting board for your stove. Check it out!


In my living room, got a lamp and wine rack I made years ago. I like them.

With every project, once it's done all I see are ways to do it better and production flaws. But I think with both of these, it's about seeing how to make them simpler. They work well enough - especially the lamp as a lighting piece that isn't hardwired that can plug it into the wall outlet - but while I like the Fibonacci spiral motif, you can use fewer bulbs and less math and still make something that looks good.

Same with the wine rack. This really is a bit too Keebler Elf. But I do like the idea of wine on the wall and plan to revisit the idea and play around with that more in the coming months, with simpler, more elegant designs. Just less.


All boards come with the necessary hardware to store them on the wall (rubber plugs that fit into recesses on the back of the board).

If your walls are somewhat-less-than-rock-solid like mine, you'll have it up in no time at all.

(Over-stove board shown, & can also be mounted vertically. Cookbooks not included.)


Just updated the page for my new stove-top cutting board - I absolutely love this thing. The high-temp silicone "feet" really do the trick, and took it on a trip to Lowe's to covertly test it on a number of rental-apt-esque-stoves, and it worked quite well.

I also added a bit more here on the Morse code motif, and why I think it's cool. I mean, really, who doesn't like the idea of the Victorian Internet.


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