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Artfully Executed... end grain boards. Choice of master chefs and butchers. Style and functionality, choice of every kitchen guardian.
Artfully Executed... end grain boards. Choice of master chefs and butchers. Style and functionality, choice of every kitchen guardian.
23 backers pledged $4,234 to help bring this project to life.

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My project is artfully functional cutting and serving boards, each having one consistent feature , exotic end grain, complimented by other mesmerizing features.

Wood is an amazing medium, so many colors and grain patterns. I have taken those two characteristics that have existed since the beginning of time and added  contemporary designs that fit the taste of today's kitchen guardians and chefs.

END GRAIN BOARDS are preferred over regular flat boards because they are much easier on your knife edge, keeping it sharper longer. That is why all the old massive chopping blocks was always end grain, boards standing vertically instead of laying flat. End grain boards do not show knife marks as much as face or edge grain boards . The knife marks that do appear are somewhat self healing on end grain boards. Tiny pieces of wood does not flake off with use like boards that are not end grain.

In our designs, we use the beauty of flat boards to inlay 3/8" thick end grain into the surface in a decorative manner.

Cut-out showing thickness of end grain.
Cut-out showing thickness of end grain.

FLAGSHIP OF OUR CUTTING AND SERVING BOARD LINE

Large cherry board - Reward #15
Large cherry board - Reward #15

This board is 14 1/2" wide x 24" long. The end grain cutting surface is 1/4" higher than the rest of the board, your knife never touching the edge outside the juice groove, keeping it looking good years to come. The juice groove around the cutting surface,having an additional reservoir at each end. holds a generous 6 ounces of juice. Weighs 8 1/2 pounds. The round handles makes the board very easy to pick up and hold.

Large maple board - Reward #15
Large maple board - Reward #15

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT OUT EARLY BIRD SPECIALS IN REWARD LEVELS  6, 12, 14, & 15

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING...

We will ship any reward to any country.The shipping quotes is less than what it will actually cost. This is because we do not charge for domestic shipping so we pass an equal savings on to international backers. For all the smaller rewards that state shipping in the US only, Tell us what reward you want and how many,contact us and we will give you a shipping quote and instruct you how to proceed. 

If you wish to receive a combination of boards not listed, contact us.

WHY KICKSTARTER

 After many years in business, I have a "State of the Art" equipped shop. However, that does not include a CNC router I would love to have. My goal is to get one in 2016. Each new product we design and develop moves us a little closer to out goal. Your support will move us a little closer. Moving from making large furniture for 25 years to smaller products requires a different marketing strategy. Kickstarter offers a platform to test the market to see if a product has potential. It allows one to market to people, getting their feed-back, from places they would not otherwise. I have been very fortunate to have my business in a community that embraces the arts, Berea, Ky. A small central Ky town voted the Arts and Crafts Capital of the state.

Toast/finger food tongs - Reward #1
Toast/finger food tongs - Reward #1
Bread knife - Reward #2
Bread knife - Reward #2
Reward # 3.....9" diameter
Reward # 3.....9" diameter
Reward # 4......8" x 11"
Reward # 4......8" x 11"
Small oval board (one handle) - Reward #5...9 1/2" x 15" long
Small oval board (one handle) - Reward #5...9 1/2" x 15" long
Reward # 9....14" diameter. For $134.00 this board can be made 16" diameter with juice groove and a recessed pocket on bottom side to fit on the food platter shown in our previous kickstarter campaign.
Reward # 9....14" diameter. For $134.00 this board can be made 16" diameter with juice groove and a recessed pocket on bottom side to fit on the food platter shown in our previous kickstarter campaign.
Large rectangle board - Reward #10..12" x 16"
Large rectangle board - Reward #10..12" x 16"

CONSTRUCTION

Most of the cutting is done on a over-arm pin router. A master template is made that follows a guide pin below with the cutter milling the desired shape or groove on the top side. The process is shown in picture below. The walnut handles are mortised to fit the ends of the board before they are hand-turned on a lathe. The CNC router we hope to purchase in 2016 will replace a lot of these methods, making our production faster and more efficient.

Construction of cutting board.
Construction of cutting board.
Olive/grape board - Reward #11
Olive/grape board - Reward #11
Cheese & Cracker board - Reward #12
Cheese & Cracker board - Reward #12
Bread board - Reward #13
Bread board - Reward #13
Bread board (works for sushi also) - Reward #13
Bread board (works for sushi also) - Reward #13

MATERIALS

We use select hard maple and cherry for the body of our boards and zebrawood and bubinga for the 3/8" thick inlay and black walnut for the handles. We use a non-toxic, food safe polymerized linseed oil with beeswax for the finish.

Large oval board - Reward #15
Large oval board - Reward #15
Large oval board - Reward #15
Large oval board - Reward #15

TIME LINE

The design phase and the needed fixtures and jigs to make the boards are complete.

The last week of Feb, 2015, we will send out an update asking all backers  which board or boards you like best and why. We also want to know which is your least favorite if there is one. We hope all will be willing to do this, it is important to our marketing process.

March 7th, a survey will be sent to all backers, requesting your wood choice for the board or boards you selected as your reward..

March 9th, "My Birthday"...I will purchase all materials needed to complete making all rewards.

June 15th, all rewards will have been sent. Depending on the reward chosen, some will be sent out before this date.

Risks and challenges

Challenges can come in many forms, some directly related to a project and some not. I have been in business for 26 years. I have seen many in my field come and go. No one, the backer or myself, knows what tomorrow brings. I guess I would refer back to my Bio and one of the important things I learned from my parents, the necessity of work and acquiring the willingness to do it. Anyone would know that the past 26 years of me being in business has had it's share of challenges yet I am still here.
For 26 years I have been blessed with happy customers, never having one single custom piece rejected. This is a testiment to my dedication to my customers

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    Reward # 1
    Toast - Finger Food Tong. You will receive one tong of your choice. You will make your selection in survey at the end of campaign.
    Two tongs...$20.00
    Three tongs...$24.00

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    Bread Knife...A bent lamination of either maple or cherry with pegged walnut handle. The bending of layers of thin wood makes the knife very strong and allows us to spring load the stainless steel blade.
    Two or more may be financially feasible to ship internationally...contact us for shipping quote.
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    Reward # 3
    Round board, 9" diameter. Choice of maple or cherry with zebrawood end grain inlay... or cherry with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay,
    Add this board to your reward selections # 14 or # 15 for only an additional $45.00
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    Rectangle board. Choice of maple with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay...or cherry with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay. ....8" x 11"
    Add this board to your reward selection #14 or #15 for only an additional $54.00
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    Oval board with walnut handle. Choice of maple with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay... or cherry with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay.
    9 1/2" wide x 15 1/2" long
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    Reward # 8
    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL...choose one board from reward levels 11 - 12 or 13. You save $22.00
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    Reward #9
    Large round board, 14" diameter. Choice of maple or cherry with zebrawood end grain inlay... or cherry with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay,
    Add this board to your reward selection #14 or #15 for only an additional $86.00
    For $134.00, this board can be made 16" diameter with juice groove....see note under picture.
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    Large rectangle board. Choice of maple with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay...or cherry with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay.
    12" x 16"
    Add this board to your reward selection #14 or #15 for only an additional $89.00
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    Reward # 11
    Olive or grape board with two walnut handles. Choice of maple with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay... or cherry with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay.
    8 1/2" wide x 19" long.
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    Cheese and cracker or fruit board with two walnut handles. Choice of maple with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay ...or cherry with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay.
    8 1/2" wide x 19" long
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    Bread or Sushi board with two walnut handles. Choice of maple with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay... or cherry with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay.
    7 1/2" wide x 19" long

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL...choose one board from reward level # 15.... you save $49.00 You will be ask to make your wood selection during survey at end of campaign.

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    Reward # 15
    Large carving/serving board, juice groove holding up to 6 oz, walnut handles at ends. Choice of maple with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay...or cherry with zebrawood or bubinga end grain inlay.
    14 1/2" wide x 24" long..weighs 8 1/2 pounds.
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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL....choose any three boards from the reward levels 11 - 12 or 13. You save $74.00. You will be ask to make your wood selections in the survey at the end of the campaign.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL....choose any two boards from reward level # 15. You save $110.00
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