Post # 1
(I put the ruler on it so you can get an idea of scale.)
It’s from relatives who couldn’t make it to the wedding, and it had a tag on it with the name of an artisan. (They don’t have a website, just a phone number, so my last course of action will be to simply call them and ask what it is, so I can write the correct thing in the thank-you note!)
As you can see, it’s very nice wood, very hard and solid and smooth. It could be a cutting board, but it seems to me to be a bit too small, especially too narrow. And the wood is just soo nice, that I can’t imagine taking a knife to it! Possibly a bread (cutting) board?
Any other ideas? Or which of these sounds most likely?
(ETA: the picture doesn’t really show it, but it is only 8 inches wide.)
Post # 3
It looks like an inlaid cutting board to me too. Maybe for cheese and crackers?
Post # 4
It looks like a cutting board to me. I’m jealous; it’s quite nice!
Post # 5
It looks like a cutting board. Maybe to serve cheese on? It’s beautiful!
Post # 6
I can’t imagine it being anything else than a cutting board, as many “artisan” cutting boards are made of fine wood. It could also be used for serving cheese and crackers, if it’s not that big. I would assume that it will withstand knife marks, since the wood is so nice. Sorry – I’m not very helpful!
Post # 7
It’s a wooden inlay cutting board. I can’t identify the types of wood used for the stripes online but based on the size, that board probably cost about $150. It was definitely made by hand and will last forever. Hand wash only!
These guys vend at the 2 Renfests in my area. Probably not the same artisan but the technique is similar.
ETA: The odd size is because they will use everything that they have available and tend to make things that they like–it’s not like they have specific designs or styles for anything so whoever made that either liked how it looked when it was long and narrow or made a mistake with something and just made it that way instead of squaring it out or wasting all of the wood and work that they had already put into it.
Post # 8
@zomgwut: wow! thank you!
Post # 9
yeah, looks like cheese serving board, or at least that’s what i’d use it for.
Post # 10
@red_rose: Its a cutting board to display your fancy cheese for a wine and cheese event you host. Its very nice! Please brag about how you love it and you can’t wait to use it, its a generous/fabulous gift.
Post # 11
Appears to be a cheese board for entertaining (serving platter for sliced cheese and crackers). I wouldn’t use it for a cutting board at all since it is too nice to be chopping on.
Post # 12
Woodworker here – as others have said, it is a cutting board. However, there are two types of wooden cutting boards; edge grain and end grain. What you have is an edge grain board.
Edge grain boards look prettier, however they will show scratches easily and will dull your knives more quickly than an endgrain board if actually used for chopping. In my opinion, edge grain boards are best suited for serving purposes and light slicing if you want to keep them looking good.
End grain boards are much more difficult to make and require several extra steps. Therefore they are significantly more expensive. To the poster who estimated $150, that would be about right for an end grain board.
Whatever you do, make sure that after you use it you dry it on its side so that it gets full air circulation around it. If you were to leave it wet on a counter for a long period, the board could crack.
The finish of the cutting board will also need to be maintained periodically. After several months (depending on how much you use it) you may notice that the board may start to look “dried out”. This means it needs some more finish. I use a mix of mineral oil and paraffin wax. Apply, let soak in, wipe off excess, and buff with a clean cloth.
Post # 13
Super sweet cutting board.
Post # 14
I was totally going to suggest something else but all the coments convinced me you have a very nice cutting board there!
Post # 15
I have an end grain artisan cutting board myself – it was like 200 bucks. It’s so pretty.
They need to be oiled and treated nice. But we use ours all the time, even for cutting meat and veggies, and as long as we wash it in hot soapy water, and oil it maybe 2x a month – it doesn’t show knife lines.
Post # 16
That’s a beautiful cutting board. I really want a nice one like that myself – enjoy!