Artistic Culinary Ware
  • MINI Charcuterie Board with inlaid Forest Fire Growth Rings

    A dramatic MINI Charcuterie Board (cheese board) in Zebrawood with inset Hemlock Forest Fire growth rings. This is an example of the board available to purchase. One side of the Hemlock tree burned significantly more than the other. Perhaps it was horizontal, already fallen, or the wind influenced the burn. The ring section snapped naturally in drying, and I segmented it further into this semi fossil image. 

    The 395+ hectare arson fire started August 4, 2016, and burned in the very dry humus layer, burning the roots out from under the trees. Burning down, sometimes over 2 feet, made it extremely difficult to fight and contain, and was out of control for some time. The area is now stark, eerie, and feels injured. Yet the moss and ferns, the forest fire morels, the fungi are slowly reviving it. 
         The back is engraved with my signature, and dated. The back of the board is also drilled and t-slotted so that it can be hung on the wall, as ART. The board is finished with multiple coats of tung oil. Regular oiling is required as maintenance, especially after use. After use we suggest cleaning (of course) with a wipe of soap and water, never submerging in water, and then oiling. I also suggest oiling before service, it makes it easier to clean, and enhances the grains of the wood. Olive oil is fine, and everyone has it; simply wipe on generously, wait ten minutes and wipe off the excess. You may also use oils made specifically for boards, like lemon oil, walnut oil, etc.. Each board comes with care instructions, as well as a bag for storage should you choose not to mount it on the wall. We can ship it directly to you, or to someone as a gift. The $19.00 extra shipping fee almost covers shipping in Canada and the continental U.S.
     We developed these smaller boards for several reasons... They are a perfect price and size for a gift, and exceptionally well presented in the flocked vinyl clutch case that Jody designed...They are lovely for a small snack for two, imagine a nice blue cheese, blackberry jelly, and some of yesterday's leftover baguette, with a couple of great glasses of wine (there wouldn't be wine leftover from yesterday)...For me, it allows me to sketch ideas, as sometimes once I see something, I can't unsee it, and I just need to make it. Thicknesses vary, typically between 5/8" to 1" (19mm-25mm). The back of each board is signed, as I perceive these as art, and hope they are enjoyed sometimes on a wall, and sometimes under sushi.