Strong and durable, mango wood is long lasting and excellent choice for a cutting board. It comes in many shades, from light to dark, making each wooden piece completely unique.
I think olive wood is one of the most beautiful woods to work with. Some of my favourite pieces in this unique cutting board guide are made from olive wood. It is long lasting and durable, with each piece having it’s own individual pattern. The olive wood that I use is responsibly sourced from trees which have come to the end of their natural fruiting life. The trees are protected by government regulations, making it an ethical and sustainable material to work with. Only very old trees are cut down, and they are replaced with new trees.
Olive wood is very hard and smooth, making it a great choice for a cutting board. The unique wood pattern gives each board its best large cutting board own personal character. Being a hard wood means that it is a non-porous wood, preventing it from absorbing and imparting food juices and flavours. Olive wood has smaller pores than most woods, making it a smoother surface to prepare and serve foods. This, in turn, means that it does not harbour bacteria.
Creating My Artisan Boards
Each of my artisan boards are hand decorated by myself. It’s a process with many steps over several days.
Firstly, I apply a stretch of tape across the board to create that clean neat line for the resin. I protect the remainder of the board with cling film, so that any excess resin doesn’t leave a mark. I like to keep some of my steps and processes secret because I am aware that my work could be copied by others!
When I create my work I always have a plan in mind. I know what colours I will be using, what kind of shapes and patterns I will be creating, and the sort of mood that I am aiming for. However, the exact final result of how the board will look is, to a degree, out of my control.
Working With Resin
A chemical reaction occurs when working with resin – colours will fuse together, but not create a muddy mess. Instead, abstract patterns are created through various techniques that I employ. I like to create collections of colours, but because of this chemical reaction process, the artwork on every board is completely unique.
Once I am happy with my artisan boards I leave them alone for 24-72 hours so they can fully dry. Resin is extremely sticky and messy when wet. But once dry, it becomes beautifully smooth and shiny, making it an extremely tactile surface. This is why I love to work with resin – it’s such an adventure from start to finish!
What Will I Use My Board For?
Before you buy one of my boards, you need to consider what you will use it for. This in turn will inform the size and shape of board that you choose.
Will your board be used to regularly prepare food? Chopping various vegetables and bread? A larger board with more surface area for food prep like this one might suit your needs:
Is the board more for serving and decorative purposes? A small and uniquely shaped board like this might be best for you:
Cheese and Wine Night
When hosting a dinner party, or even just having a cosy night in with a glass of wine, we want to present our cheese selection on a board that is worthy for the job. Serving a variety of cheeses on a resin decorated board gives the sense of true luxury dining. The presentation and display of your cheese is just as much part of the experience of eating said cheese. Creating that beautiful display is as much a feast for the eyes as it is our tastebuds!
Keeping Your Chopping Board in Shipshape
Wooden boards should not be exposed to lots of water. They are not dishwasher safe and should not be left to stand in water. It’s best to lightly wash your board by hand, using warm water. Once clean, wipe your board dry with a clean cloth and allow to air dry.
It’s recommended to regularly oil your board. I personally use a wood treatment mineral oil to finish my boards. Rub a small amount into the board and allow it to soak in. This nourishes the board, helping to seal any gaps in it’s surface. Conditioning your cutting board with oil protects it from moisture damage, and prevents it from drying out and cracking over time. Using oil can help to revive an older chopping board which has dulled in appearance over time, and is in need of a bit of TLC. It is recommended to oil your board around once a month to keep it in good condition. With proper care, a well conditioned board can last for years.
Every Modern Kitchen Needs It’s Staple Items
Quality knives, efficient electrical devices, and a good cutting board are basic essentials for your kitchen decor. Whether you’re preparing vegetables, slicing bread or serving cheeses, you’re going to need a quality surface to do it on. A superior chopping board is essential for protecting your countertops and making food preparation clean and safe.
A wooden board is a timeless classic, being solid and simple in it’s appearance. It will see you through from kitchen meal prep to serving food at the dinner table. I hope you have enjoyed reading my unique cutting board guide!