Types of Boards
These hearty trees are abundant in Minnesota. The light colored wood is
tough and hard, and the contrasting annual growth rings make them a favorite of wood-grain lovers. White ash grows in sunny, well drained uplands, while black ash loves water and rich soil, and can usually be found along rivers and
streams. Tom's unique personal crafting has preserved the natural beauty and
durability of these end-grain slices. This tough wood is sealed with a
moisture-resistant finish and can be used as a cutting board, trivet or coaster.
While butternut is not as well known as its relative, Black Walnut, it has a
striking beauty and warmth unsurpassed in a whole-log slice. It is one of our
most popular woods, but is becoming rare in Minnesota due to a tree disease.
Tom has cured and crafted the healthy trees he finds with extreme care to
preserve the beautiful bark and contrasting colors. This tree comes from the
woods of southern Minnesota and likes to grow in moist lowlands. While not the
hardest of our woods, this board is sealed with a tough, moisture-resistant
finish and can be used for most cutting purposes, as well as serving and
Our Butternut boards are limited due to the rarity of the wood.
The Hickory tree has played an important part in our American heritage by
providing wood for many purposes, from making axe handles to smoking and curing
meats. It is the hardest and most dense of all of our native woods, and the
nuts of some varieties are very good eating. We think the Hickory is our most
durable board for all around use, bringing together the best of our skills and
nature's raw material. These boards will withstand heavy duty cutting use,
and with ordinary care, they could last a generation or more.
The Sugar Maple is noted for its sweet sap, striking fall colors, and hard
wood. Along the North shore of Lake Superior where this tree grows, unique soil
and climate conditions have produced unusual heartwood patterns. Tom's
careful curing and personal crafting through many processes has preserved the
rugged beauty of this maple slice. The moisture resistant finish will help
preserve this beauty through many years of cutting and many other uses.