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Good cooks deserve good tools. I make generational-quality, beautiful cutting boards to provide you an excellent base for meal prep.
Good cooks deserve good tools. I make generational-quality, beautiful cutting boards to provide you an excellent base for meal prep.
Good cooks deserve good tools. I make generational-quality, beautiful cutting boards to provide you an excellent base for meal prep.
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The Woodshop, in all of its glory. It doesn't look very organized ... but work does get done here. Lots of work. Good work.
The Woodshop, in all of its glory. It doesn't look very organized ... but work does get done here. Lots of work. Good work.

I've been building out of my garage - the woodshop! - for years. Cars don't park in my woodshop.

Today, Mrs M and I do about 30 craft fairs a year under the business name Mrs M's Handmade. She makes small batch lotions, soaps, scrubs & balms, and I make cutting boards, wooden serving pieces, game boards and home decor.

I am working very hard to grow the business. Last year I sold over 800 pieces ... and this year, I'm already running 25% ahead of that. One thing I've found is that so many people love my work when they see it at an event, but I can only be at so many events, especially as the holidays approach. If I could just get people to find me before the holiday crush, I could help a lot more people!

And that's why I'm here. If you're looking for a gift for that special someone - or simply want better tools in your kitchen - then I will appreciate your support.

To advance the business, I am hoping to purchase a couple of new tools, and if this campaign is wildly successful, I plan to lease a new workspace.

But first, the work has to get done. A couple of tools would help me do better work. My table saw is under powered (the previous motor only lasted for 12 years of service); it's not made to cut 2" thick hardwoods. You know, like I do almost every day! Also, a bench top oscillating sander would help me smooth concave curves, which are currently a challenge with existing tools.

I will be more efficient in a larger workspace that has a space for finishing (currently this is done just about everywhere I can put a table) as well as storage. With a bit more than my current 350 square feet of shop space, I could be more productive.

We finally rented a storage space this year so that I could stop having wood cascades: when a pile of special wood that I'm saving slides free from it's storage space and begins to flow across the shop. It's all too common; I was having wood cascades daily.

When people tell me my shop feels claustrophobic, I know I have a problem!
When people tell me my shop feels claustrophobic, I know I have a problem!
When I approach the finish line, it's common to have piles and piles of boards covering every flat surface. Need a tool? Move the boards.
When I approach the finish line, it's common to have piles and piles of boards covering every flat surface. Need a tool? Move the boards.

With a successful Kickstarter campaign, I will solve these 2 problems while creating heirloom quality cutting boards & serving pieces for my backers.

To see the woods I use, here's a link to a webpage on my blog site, MowryJournal.com, that identifies & describes the woods on various pieces I've made over the years.

For care instructions for your board, here's a link on the same site that tells you what to do.

All pieces will ship with a card that identifies the woods used in the piece. Care instructions will be on that same card.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Now, can I get to work for you?

A coaster set, with complementary holder as well. Your set will be in the woods that you approve.
A coaster set, with complementary holder as well. Your set will be in the woods that you approve.
There's nothing trivial about my Trivets. Each is 8-1/2" square, and about 3/4" thick. You will choose the woods used in your Trivets.
There's nothing trivial about my Trivets. Each is 8-1/2" square, and about 3/4" thick. You will choose the woods used in your Trivets.
Cheese boards are approximately 8" x 11" x 5/8". They have non-skid rubber feet held on with stainless steel screws, for long life. You will choose the woods used in your Cheese Board.
Cheese boards are approximately 8" x 11" x 5/8". They have non-skid rubber feet held on with stainless steel screws, for long life. You will choose the woods used in your Cheese Board.
These Handled Cutting Boards have a work area of 9" x 12", with a handle length of 22". You will choose the woods used in your Handled Cutting Board.
These Handled Cutting Boards have a work area of 9" x 12", with a handle length of 22". You will choose the woods used in your Handled Cutting Board.
These large Cheese & Cracker Servers, AKA Surfboards, are 12" x 20" and perfect for large cheese & cracker or charcuterie presentations. I developed the design after watching a TV show, proving that I'm a child of the media.
These large Cheese & Cracker Servers, AKA Surfboards, are 12" x 20" and perfect for large cheese & cracker or charcuterie presentations. I developed the design after watching a TV show, proving that I'm a child of the media.
The Basic Cutting Board. End Grain. Made from Hard Maple, Black Walnut & Cherry.
The Basic Cutting Board. End Grain. Made from Hard Maple, Black Walnut & Cherry.
The Carnivore Board. All Hard Maple, 14" x 18" x 1-1/4" thick. Shown here is the poultry side; the grooves hold the chicken or turkey in place while you carve.
The Carnivore Board. All Hard Maple, 14" x 18" x 1-1/4" thick. Shown here is the poultry side; the grooves hold the chicken or turkey in place while you carve.
The flip side of the Carnivore Board is intended for your Beef, Pork or Fish carving ... but could be used as a general-purpose board, as well.
The flip side of the Carnivore Board is intended for your Beef, Pork or Fish carving ... but could be used as a general-purpose board, as well.
The Best Cutting Board. I will submit multiple wood designs to you so you can choose your perfect board.
The Best Cutting Board. I will submit multiple wood designs to you so you can choose your perfect board.
The Best Cutting Board in an alternate design.
The Best Cutting Board in an alternate design.
The Best Cutting Board with optional Juice Groove. I'll submit multiple wood designs to you, and you'll choose the board that's perfect for you.
The Best Cutting Board with optional Juice Groove. I'll submit multiple wood designs to you, and you'll choose the board that's perfect for you.

Risks and challenges

It's just me in the shop. All work is planned to be as efficient as possible. I am the one ordering the lumber, cutting the boards, assembling each piece, shaping it, sanding it, and hand rubbing it when it crosses the finish line. As long as I stay in the shop, all will be well!

I've thought through the deadlines for the project and limited the number of rewards that can be purchased to ensure all work will be done in a timely fashion: before the 2018 holiday season.

Living in the Los Angeles area, I have multiple sources for the exotic hardwoods I use.

I will have the materials. I will have the time. Now, I just need your support!

Once your board is delivered, it's backed by my lifetime guarantee. If the board ever has a problem, in my lifetime, I will fix it or replace it.

No problem. Guaranteed.

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    Coasters

    If your tables need protecting, then a wooden coaster is perfect for the job. The coasters are 5" square and 1/2" thick so they can handle your largest glasses. In the middle of the coaster is a 4" Cork insert to absorb moisture as required. Each coaster is made of hard woods, which are coated with a moisture-shedding urethane. (The Cork is left raw, of course!) The coaster won't break a sweat ... so if your glass does, we've got you covered.

    After this Kickstarter campaign is over, successful, and funded (!), I will contact you with wood/color options for your piece to make sure I make one that will fit into your home or office.

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    Trivets

    If you like hot food, you need trivets! These hardwood trivets will protect your table from hot dishes; the slots in the trivets will help to dissipate the heat.

    All trivets are made from hardwoods, hand-selected by me. Each will be finished with mineral oil for long life.

    Each Reward comes with 2 trivets which can either be the same, or different wood designs. You get to choose!

    After this Kickstarter campaign is over, successful, and funded (!), I will contact you with wood/color options for your pieces to make sure I make ones that will look good on your table and in your kitchen.

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    Cheese Board

    I call them cheese boards ... but they're really just small cutting boards. In our home, they are used to cut fruit, or - of course! - serve cheese and crackers.

    Each unique board will be made from hardwoods hand-selected by me. My job is to find the pretty; I typically use 3 or more woods in each board. You'll get to choose the all-natural colors of woods you'd like for your board. I select the woods to make good cutting boards which are not only useful, but pretty!

    Each board will be approximately 9" x 11" x 5/8" thick, and comes with non-skid rubber feet held on with stainless steel screws. Your board will be finished with mineral oil and a top coat of Board Butter, a proprietary mix of oil and locally-harvested beeswax. The board comes with easy care & cleaning instructions.

    After this Kickstarter campaign is over, successful, and funded (!), I will contact you with wood/color options for your piece to make sure I make one for you that will look good on your table and in your kitchen.

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    Coaster Set

    Each coaster set includes 4 identical coasters, plus a complementary hardwood holder for them. Popular as a house warming gift, wedding gift ... or an indulgence for your own home, this coaster set is ideal for people that love setting drinks on tables.

    After this Kickstarter campaign is over, successful, and funded (!), I will contact you with wood/color options for your pieces to make sure I make ones that will look good in your home or office.

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    The Handled Cutting Board

    I call these Sous Chef Boards: they are designed to be mobile in your kitchen. They're perfect for your assistant to complete their assignment, and then bring the product of their work back to you so it can be added to the pan. With a hole in the handle, these are perfect for display hanging on a wall if you like. Work space is approximately 9" x 12"; the handle length is 22". Intended for 2-sided use (or display one side and use the other), these boards are finished with mineral oil, and a top coat of my Board Butter. They are food ready!

    After this Kickstarter campaign is over, successful, and funded (!), I will contact you with wood/color options for your piece to make sure I make one for you that will look good in your kitchen.

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    Trivets + Cheese Board

    This reward combines 2 Trivets with 1 Cheese Board.

    All 3 items will be created using the woods/color combination that you request. They can match, or can be different combinations.

    You get to choose!

    After this campaign is successfully funded, I will contact you to confirm your wood/color selection for each piece.

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    Large Serving Piece

    This piece is curvy. It almost floats above your table due to the sweeping curves that are under each edge that serve as handles. The oval shape means that curves are running in every direction on this piece: perfect for serving charcuterie, cheese & crackers ... or, you're an adult. You choose!

    Size is 12" x 20" x 1-1/4" thick. Constructed from hardwoods such as Hard Maple, Black Walnut, Cherry, Oak, Jatoba or Purpleheart. Finish, as with all of my food-ready boards, is mineral oil, with a top coat of hand-rubbed Board Butter.

    After this Kickstarter campaign is over, successful, and funded (!), I will contact you with wood/color options for your piece to make sure I make one that will look good on your table and in your kitchen.

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    Basic Cutting Board

    I love making this board; it's a classic design. This End Grain board is made with Hard Maple, Black Walnut & Cherry. This All-American board will be approximately 17" wide x 13" high x 1-1/4" thick. The board has non-skid rubber feet held on with stainless steel screws. Finish is mineral oil, with a top coat of my hand-rubbed Board Butter.

    Hand selected. Hand smoothed. Hand rubbed. You feel the difference when you touch this board.

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    The Carnivore Board

    Designed for all of your meat carving - it's a great all-purpose board as well. One side has the curious design of ribbed depressions; it's used to hold the carcass of the chicken or turkey in place while you carve. The wide juice groove on this side will hold 2 cups of juice! Flip the board over, and you've got a classic Hard Maple cutting board with a juice groove that's 3/4" wide. Finished with mineral oil and board butter, of course! Since the board is intended for 2-sided use and does not come with non-skid rubber feet, I'll include a non-skid rubber mat to go under the board to keep it from moving - and protect it from any moisture that may be lurking on the counter.

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    Basic Cutting Board for the Holidays

    This Basic Cutting Board will be delivered to your door by December 1. Holiday gift giving? No problem.

    Each board is made from Black Walnut, Hard Maple & Cherry. They are approximately 13" x 18" x 1-1/8" thick. They'll have non-skid rubber feet held on with stainless steel screws, and routed finger holds.

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    Trivets, Cheese Board & Cutting Board

    This combination reward includes 2 Trivets, 1 Cheese Board & 1 Handled Cutting Board.

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    Cheese Board + Basic Cutting Board

    This combined reward gets you 2 items: a Cheese Board and a Basic Cutting Board.

    After this campaign is complete, I'll contact you to get your request for the woods/colors for me to use on the Cheese Board. The Basic Cutting Board, of course, uses Hard Maple, Black Walnut & Cherry.

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    The Best End Grain Cutting Board

    I will make you an heirloom quality cutting board.

    At events, the most common observation is that these are "too pretty to use." I assure you they are not.

    These boards are made to be of use, and I will contact you privately after the campaign is funded to design the board that's perfect for you. I'll give you a minimum of 3 design options, and you'll get to choose.

    Your board will be approximately 16" x 21" x 1-1/2" thick. It will have routed fingerholds, and come with non-skid rubber feet held on with stainless steel screws for long life.

    Included with this board will be a board care kit including 4 oz of mineral oil, with a few drops of lemon essential oil, as well as Board Butter, which is locally-harvested beeswax mixed with mineral oil. It's all you need to take care of your board!

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    The Best Cutting Board, Groovy

    If you're a fan of juice grooves, and serious about your cutting board, then this is the board for you. This is a large end grain cutting board. No "too small" groove for you. The board will be 16" x 21" x 1-1/2". The groove will be 3/4" wide and 3/8" deep.

    You'll receive 3 potential designs. We'll develop a design for you that color coordinates with your kitchen and will last for decades!

    Included with this board will be a board care kit including 4 oz of mineral oil, with a few drops of lemon essential oil, as well as Board Butter, which is locally-harvested beeswax mixed with mineral oil. It's all you need to take care of your board!

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    Redo Your Kitchen

    Ready to get a fresh start?

    With this Reward, you'll get several boards. Keep them for yourself, or you'll be able to get the perfect gift for several people on your "nice" list. Your choice!

    Keep them for yourself, and you'll be able to throw out the old boards, and get a matching set. You will receive:

    1. The Best End Grain Cutting Board, either Groovy or not - your choice
    2. Basic Cutting Board
    3. The Handled Cutting Boards (you'll get 2 sizes)
    4. Cheese Board (a matching pair of these!)
    5. Large Serving Piece
    6. Trivets (a matched set of 4)
    7. Coaster sets (2 matching sets of 4)
    8. A Board Care Kit to treat all of your food-ready boards
    I will coordinate design with you before construction begins, to ensure that the colors will are just right!

    Shipments will happen as your pieces are complete; at least 3 different shipments will arrive in October, November and December of 2018.

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