Artisan-made in Michigan
Sustainably- and locally-harvested maple and walnut
Dimensions: Approximately 16" x 11" x 1"
Please allow 7-10 business days from time of order for a final coat and curing process to be applied.
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Sustainably- and locally-harvested Michigan maple and walnut, non-toxic wood glue, food-grade butcher block oil
This elegant cutting board was handmade here in Michigan
by Alex Livieratos from sustainably-harvested maple and walnut.
Classy, elegant, and durable, this wood cutting board will provide a lifetime of use if cared for properly.
20" (from tip of handle to end of board) x 11" x 1". Actual cutting
surface (not including handle) is approximately 14" x 11"
ALL stages of this cutting board were done sustainably,
by hand, from the cutting down of the tree, to the milling, planing,
cutting- all meticulously and carefully performed with the utmost care
for the environment in mind.
How to care for your cutting board:
All of our boards are treated with olive oil, mineral oil,
and/or coconut oil before leaving the workshop. However, this coating
will quickly fade away and need to be replaced. Though olive oil is fine
for an initial coating on a tightly-grained, new board, it does have a
tendency to go rancid if repeatedly used and allowed to absorb into the
wood. We recommend one of the following oils for re-application 2-3
times per month, after washing: Mineral oil, beeswax, walnut, almond or
To clean your board:
It is a good idea to clean your board after every use. Use a sponge
with soapy, warm water, and wipe down until clean. Do not submerse your
board in water or get too wet, as water will be absorbed by the wood
and slowly wear down the integrity of your board. Definitely do not ever
put your board in the dishwasher! Stand board upright to dry if it
becomes too wet, and promptly oil once dry.
How much oil should you use? You
can never use too much! If wood is allowed to dry out (as washing with
soap and water tends to do), it is more likely to crack and split. Oil
your board liberally and frequently, and never allow it to remain wet
for any period of time. Food grade mineral oil is what many people
consider the best oil for wood.
How to remove stains or odors from your board:
sprinkle a liberal coating of salt onto the board and rub with half of a
lemon, then rinse with hot water. Baking soda also works well to
You can also use 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide to
disinfect your board (instead of a bleach solution, which won't work as
well on wood), if you are concerned about bacteria growth. Remember to
oil after either of these procedures!
What about splitting?
Because wood was once part of a growing, living organism, it is not
unusual for cutting boards, especially those made of multiple strips
glued together, to expand and contract due to changes in moisture
levels (both internal and external). Most splitting should be slight
and will most likely close up again over time.
Our wood has been barn drying for at least one year. The
best way to prevent further changes in moisture that might cause
splitting is through proper care of your board. Please oil regularly,
following the instructions above, since this keeps the board from
drying out (which is what ultimately causes splitting). Also try to
keep your board from getting too wet, which results in excessive
moisture changes- again, resulting in splitting.
Should you wish to fill minor splits in your cutting
board, please use food-grade paraffin (wax). Melt the paraffin, and
allow it to seep into the split. Once the paraffin has dried, scrape off
any excess. The flexible nature of the paraffin will allow the wood to
continue it's natural expansion and contraction cycles.
This score is a ranking based on how natural, eco-friendly, and non-toxic a product is, and is rated out of a possible total 5 stars.
: 5 out of 5 stars for sustainability
COMMENTS: A bit about the artisan:
Livieratos has been creating wood designs since he was old enough to
hold a hammer. Growing up immersed in a family business that made
quality wooden restaurant furniture, Alex's designs have sprung from
years of creative carpentry. Simple, elegant, and durable, these wood
cutting boards will provide a lifetime of use, if cared for properly,
and will add a touch of class to any home kitchen.
The wood used to manufacture the creative wood designs was sustainably
harvested from Grand Junction, MI, by a local miller, Mr. Michael
Mr. Korpak sustainably harvests trees either one at a time (no clear
cutting!) or reclaims wood that has been cut down for purposes other
than lumber (for example, when someone is building a house). This
guarantees the integrity of the forest ecosystems that we cherish so
When mature trees are harvested one at a time, their removal allows
younger trees to receive much-needed sunlight and water resources,
sparking considerable growth that quickly replaces the taken tree. This
is the way to manage and maintain forests, while allowing all of their
inhabitants, small and large, to thrive.
In fact, we here at The Greater Green have a major stake in ensuring
that these trees are indeed harvested sustainably- they are taken from
our very own forest behind our house and from connecting forest areas!
Our forest is a living, breathing, growing part of our life, which we
cherish and respect, in the hopes that our children and our children's
children will one day still have these forests through which to roam and
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 06 October, 2011.