Things men have made with weakened hands, and put soft life into
are awake through years with transferred touch, and go on glowing
for long years.
And for this reason, some old things are lovely
warm still with the life of forgotten men who made them.
~ D. H. Lawrence
The winner is Audrey who wrote...
"Our oldest son took 3 years of "Cabinetry" in school as an elective course. Year 2/3 he made us a blanket chest out of oak. This is my favorite handmade item in my home. It's something we will use forever and beable to pass on to him or one of his children."
Thanks to everyone who left comments and shared their most treasured handmade item. Stay tuned...we will be doing some more giveaways in the future. We added one of these natural edge servers to our shop now too. I'll be adding more things over the next week. Again thanks for playing along...
John’s been making cutting boards all week in between working on the bigger projects he has going on in preparation for the show we are doing this weekend in Pittsburgh. It seems to be the year of the cutting board. Many seem to be striving to bring more nature into their lives and in turn peace, even in small ways. I believe when people respond to our furniture or cutting boards, they are really responding to nature. John allows the natural forms and figure of the tree to guide the designs and uses natural finishes that allow the true color and figure of the wood to show through. That gives each piece a shibui nature (i.e., a natural elegance)….even the cutting boards.
There is nothing better than using a wood cutting board. I know I love using the three that I have on a daily basis. They are easy to care for and have natural antimicrobial properties. We just wash ours with warm soapy water and let it dry on end. You cannot put a wooden cutting board in a dishwashing to clean it. Well, you could, but it would end up not being a very functional cutting board and the detergents would bleach out the natural color (and beauty) of the wood. We use a little bit of mineral oil and beeswax to finish these, and every couple of months we wipe them down with more mineral oil.
So my giveaway today is… a one of a kind cutting board. It is sycamore with sliding dovetail feet in walnut. Designed by nature, built with two hands, and shared with our love…
Details: to be entered in this giveaway you need to leave a comment in this post answering this question:
What is your favorite handmade possession and why?
I will select one commenter randomly as the winner next Friday, September 4th.
I'll announce the winner on this post but be sure your email is in your profile if you want to be contacted by me.
And I would be remiss if I did not mention that we have a couple of cutting boards available in our etsy shop, along with some boxes and cabinets.