chopping board

huon pine

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This little Huon pine chopping board came back from Tasmania as a rough sawn circle. Elise and Nick bought it for me for a few dollars back in the days when none of us could afford a sanded new swanky chopping board.

‘Just sand it yourself,’ Elise said. Well I tell you, it sounds easy in theory, but actually was nearly impossible in practice. The timber is so dense. I think I went through a million bits of sandpaper to get it to a usable but still imperfect state.

And all I ever did was one side. I couldn’t face the bottom. And then I oiled it. And since then I have used it every day. And any marks I missed in my sanding have been hidden by the cutting and chopping it has seen over 15 years.

It is one of the three every day chopping boards in my kitchen. And it does double duty as a cheese board on occasion.

What I like the most about it is that it just looks like a bit of tree. Which it is of course.

Oh, and the colour gets more beautiful all the time.

Oh, and it smells good (I love the smell of Huon pine).

Thanks Tasmania. Thanks Elise and Nick.

the best cheese board ever!

And I don’t even own it!  Just up the road from where I live (walking distance in fact) is  a vintage importing business that I came across via Ebay.  It is called Fossil Vintage  and it is truly vintage heaven.

This warehouse is full of multiples of fabulous things.  It is open to the public, but frequented by restaurants and cafes and businesses that need bulk quantities of quirky things.

For example, these big wooden french cheese or bread boards are imported regularly (the next lot due early May 2014).  They come in a rectangular or round shape in various sizes and quality, for the fixed price of $80 at the shop.

My sister bought one to give to her sister-in-law for her birthday.  When she brought it home she washed it thoroughly (just doing this made a HUGE difference), gave it a light sand and a wax, and it came up beautifully.

I want one too!  Maybe she’ll buy me one for my birthday?