Q: Were any trees harmed in the making of these bowls?
A: Almost all of the wood used for the creations seen here are from trees that were removed due to disease, fell during a storm, or were otherwise being removed for other reasons. I am not interested in cutting down a perfectly healthy tree for raw materials. I like to think of it as rescued/reclaimed/recycled wood. When possible I will list the history of the tree and the circumstances of it’s fall. Some of the hardwoods used for cutting boards and handles are kiln dried store bought materials as these are the best materials for flatwork.
*If you have a tree that falls and has a special significance please contact me, I would love to turn it into a keepsake for you and your family. I often trade bowls for logs.
Q: How do I care for my bowl/cutting board/handle?
A: Unless otherwise specified, the finishes used on these pieces are food safe/water resistant. A gentle cleaning with soapy water is fine. NEVER soak a wooden bowl/utensil in water or run it through a dishwasher. Cutting boards and salad bowls should be washed on both sides and then allowed to air dry, preferably positioned where air can circulate on both sides.
If you would like to refresh the finish on your cutting board or salad bowl simply wipe it down with walnut oil, from a natural food store, or mineral oil and let it dry for a few days.
If you allow a cutting board to sit in a puddle or water, or leave standing water on the surface for an extended period of time it may warp or bow. Simply washing it and allowing it to completely dry will usually take care of the warping.
Wood is a natural product, it will move in response to temperature and humidity. It can last a lifetime, though, if it is not abused.
Q: Can I place an advance order?
A: Currently, with the demands of a full time job and family responsibilities I am not able to take orders for pieces in advance. As I turn out new pieces and projects I will feature them first on the newsletter and then on the site. Frequently bowls come in batches as a tree becomes available.