So, yesterday, my friend Beth (last name withheld) brought me something awesome. You know I have started doing a lot of cooking in the home now, right? Well, what I have is a couple of smaller, older chopping boards that are starting to crack and warp. I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos that show woodworkers making custom chopping boards/cutting boards/butcher block/whatever you want to call it.
I know that Beth does woodworking and she has mentioned in the past when I mention watching those vids, that she can do that. So, I hit her up. I asked if she was able to make me one. She said yes and proceeded to grab some remnant (but still great quality) pieces of walnut and hickory and put them together and created a board for me. The part is that she charged me a fair price for it. So, here I have a custom-made, for me, a one-of-a-kind, like-no-other (I think that’s enough synonyms) cutting board.
Now, I haven’t used it yet, even though we cooked last night. You may ask why…? Go ahead, I’ll wait until you ask why… Well, the answer is I want to treat it, preserve it with a homemade “spoon butter.” What is spoon butter?” Spoon butter is food-grade beeswax and mineral oils melted and melded together to create a “butter” that can be used on wooden items such as butcher blocks, wooden spoons, wooden bowls and so on. It seals and protects the item. We’re heading into the winter so beeswax is a little hard to find right now.
When I get that going, then I’ll treat all the wood and I’ll let you know how it is. I think the board is beautiful. It’s also a little heavy. I included a picture of the piece of art above. Now, I don’t mean this to be an advertisement – any more than it is – but, she did tell me that if anyone wanted one that she’d be willing to make one for a fair and nominal price. Again, these are unique, your neighbor doesn’t have one that looks like this. If you’re interested in that, let me know, I’ll be your middleman! Also, if anyone knows where I can find some food-grade beeswax at this time of year, that would help me greatly.
So, when I use it, I’ll announce it. If you’re interested, great. If not, great! Let’s get out of here.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“My cooking is very simple, so I don’t really use machines at all. A knife, cutting board, frying pan and strainer are my essentials.” – Nobu Matsuhisa