About this project
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.
FLAGSHIP OF OUR CUTTING AND SERVING BOARD LINE
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.
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT OUT EARLY BIRD SPECIALS IN REWARD LEVELS 6, 12, 14, & 15
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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