In collaboration with woodworker Jacob May, we're excited to offer a limited number of end-grain, black walnut cheese boards. The elongated shape of this strip makes arranging a few cheeses an intuitive, rather than fussy, affair. There is room to add a few extras, like a small pile of almonds, a spread, or shards of honeycomb. The deep color and evocative natural pattern of the black walnut create an elegant backdrop, allowing cheese to stand out beautifully.
Jacob May makes each board by hand, in a process that requires his exacting attention from the lumberyard to his Oakland, California workshop. There he cuts and assembles the boards piece by piece, forming each time a singular visual effect.
Every functional detail of these boards has been thoughtfully considered: The end-grain cutting surface preserves the edge of your cheese knives, and when oiled, will heal many of its own scars. The embossed brass plug features a recessed pocket for hanging. Each block has been rubbed with mineral oil and then coated with a beeswax finish.
To maintain your board’s beauty for generations, clean it with gentle soap and water after use, then dry it with a cloth. From time to time, rub it with mineral oil or spoon butter.
Each board is a unique, handmade work of art, and will feature a singular pattern variation.
- 15 by 4.5 inches, and 1 inch deep
- Crafted by Jacob May in Oakland, California