Walnut Charcuterie Boards
OVERVIEW. Black walnut charcuterie boards were sourced and milled locally in Chadds Ford, PA. The wood has undergone a natural drying process for about ten years. Black Walnut heartwood is typically a dark chocolate brown, while the sapwood is a lighter beige tone.
PROCESS. The wood has undergone various processes to become a charcuterie board. The early stages involve cutting with a chainsaw and milling with a Gransaw mini mill. The wood is then debarked utilizing an antique draw shave. It is sent through the planer to smooth and even the wood. It is then electric sanded with 40,60, and 80 grit sandpaper. The remaining sanding is done completely by hand to remove any marks left from the electric sander(s). The final grit of sandpaper is 800-1500 grade, making the boards ultra-smooth. Boards are then treated with Caron and Doucet 100% plant-based, mineral-oil-free, food grade approved cutting board oil and wax.
BLACK WALNUT PROPERTIES. Black Walnut has a Janka hardness rating of 1,010 lbf., making it one of the most durable hardwoods in the US. Consequently, is highly moisture/decay resistant.
USAGE. The board is suitable for indoor usage only. It has been treated with a food-grade mineral oil, so it is appropriate for charcuterie/food display such as meats, cheeses, fruits, etc.
CARE. Some natural cracking may be present and further cracks can develop naturally over time. To prevent further cracking, the wood should be oiled and waxed monthly with sustainable, food-grade approved oil/wax. It is not dishwasher safe. After use, wipe down with with water and a mild soap. Dry the boards immediately after cleaning.
Red Oak Trinket Dishes
OVERVIEW. This wood trinket dish was sourced locally in Chadds Ford, PA, from a downed Red Oak tree. It was cut/milled in-house, undergone a natural drying process, then sanded relatively smooth.
RED OAK PROPERTIES. Red Oak has a Janka hardness rating of 1,220 lbf, which is slightly less dense than White Oak. Consequently, it does not have the level of resistance to decay, rot, and insects as White Oak. Therefore, it is inappropriate for outdoor usage. Red Oak is typically the most popular hardwood in North America for furniture and other interior usage.
USAGE. This wood trinket dish is suitable for indoor usage only. It has been treated with a food-grade mineral oil, so it is appropriate for dry food storage/display.
CARE. This wood slice has been sanded fairly smooth, and treated only with a food-grade lavender mineral oil. Some natural cracking may be present and further cracks can develop naturally over time. To avoid over-cracking, the wood should be oiled weekly with a sustainable wood oil. If the bowl is intended for food storage, be sure to use a food-grade approved oil.