Examples of our delightful and small 10" x 6" Mini Charcuterie Board (cheese board) with copper keys and/or details.
We developed these smaller boards for several reasons... They are a perfect price and size for a gift, and really 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 a couple of great glasses of wine...For me, it allows me to sketch ideas, or use a precious piece of wood that I couldn't bear to part with.
Traditionally, I would 'fix' a crack in the lumber by employing a wooden butterfly; where a wing would be on each side of the crack, and its dovetail shape would hold the wing in its position, effectively preventing the crack from moving. My use of the thick and deep pieces of copper at opposing angles performs the same function, beautifully stitching the board together. Each board is unique, and the number of keys depends upon the severity of the crack. Once I began using the keys functionally, it gave me license to use them, and other elements decoratively as the piece demanded.Thicknesses vary, typically between 5/8" to 1" (19mm-25mm).
The back of each board is signed, as I really perceive these as art, and hope they are enjoyed sometimes on a wall, and sometimes under sushi.
The back of the board is drilled and t-slotted so that it can be hung on the wall, as art, in either landscape or portrait format. The board is finished with multiple coats of tung oil. Regular oiling is required as maintenance, especially after use (it also makes cleanup easier if the board is well oiled immediately before service). After use we suggest cleaning (of course) with a wipe of soap and water, never submerging in water, and then oiling. 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, such as lemon oil, walnut oil, etc.. Each board comes with care instructions, and the flocked vinyl clutch case.