Some new boards

These boards are available. Just contact us at customerservice@tworiversbutcherblock.com

None of these are regulars on our site but are always available at the Farmers Markets or by contacting us.

This is a lovely 11″ round x 1.75″ (TRBB) Two Rivers Butcher Block Red (Padauk)

These next two are TRBB Maple and Cherry 12 x 18 x 1.75 both with handles.

This is a 12 x 18 x 1.75 TRBB Maple and Walnut with handles.

This is a 12 x 18 x 1.75 TRBB Red with handles.

And last but certainly not least for today is this 12″ round x 1.75″ thich Maple board. These 1.75″ thick boards came about when one day I had some extra wood and glued one up. I brought it to the Farmers Market and it got a lot of interest before a lady purchased it. I’ve made a lot more in maple, cherry, walnut, maple and cherry, maple and walnut, cherry and walnut and TRBB varities and they are in higher demand than the 2.25″ thickness round boards. So, here is one:

Was trying to come up with a catchy title for this post…….

But I gave up. How about a picture in stead-

That is a lovely maple and cherry with finger grooves 12 x 18 x 1 3/4 end grain butcher block cutting board. I have several available that I will be finishing this weekend. (I’m typing this on an iPad and have yet to figure how to enlarge the picture.) I’ll put up another post later with some larger pictures and some nice boards.

We were supposed to have attended the One Of A Kind show at the Merchandise Mart last weekend but it was cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. This pandemic is also putting a hurting on farmers markets this year. From what I’ve learned, farmers markets are changing this year from social gathering events to in and out events. That means that at least at the beginning of the season the markets are going to expect you to get there, alone, no family or friends with you, point to what you want at your favorite farmers booth pay, no cash please, move on and head home. All you’ll be able to find are vegetable and fruit growers with some other food sellers. As the season draws on the market managers will have the ability to have other vendors to the markets but, no handling of the merchandise thank you. Strictly hands off, look, point, buy. Ugh.

Let’s hope this pandemic quickly goes away and things get back to normal.

It doesn’t seem as though we’ll be at any farmers markets for a bit due to the new rules so I am going to put another section up on the website where we’ll offer up these types of boards that I’ve offered exclusively at shows and markets. Have patience, I have some really good pictures by a really good photographer but the guy doing the web page should probably be using paper and crayons. (Me).

A few new boards

The maple boards are for stock 12″ round x 1.75″ and 12″ x 18″ x 1.75″. The multi wood board is a special order made with maple, cherry, walnut, purpleheart and paduck, it is 18″ x 24″ x 2.25″. We call this design the Two Rivers Butcher Block model.

We welcome special orders and enjoy designing one of a kind boards and making boards of your design. Contact us at customerservice@tworiversbutcherblock.com.

Last Chance Craft and Art Fair 12-14&15-2019

We will be at the Last Chance Craft and Art Fair at College of DuPage,  425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, Il on Saturday and Sunday December 14 & 15. Saturday hours, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Sunday hours, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

We’ll have a big selection of End Grain Gutting Boards and our Soy Candles.

Humidity

Probably should have posted this sooner but better late than never.

Enough humidity is as important to your board as to much humidity is not so good for your board.

A couple of years ago I made a 18″ x 20″ x 2″ cherry board for my wife which stays on the kitchen counter. Once winter and the dry air that comes with it rolled in, the board which was flat bowed in the middle and rocked. Fortunately all we had to do was turn it over and the rocking was gone but there was a hump in the middle. We used it anyway and once the warmer more humid air of mid – late spring arrived, the board returned to its normal flat state.

Using a decent thermometer/hygrometer that I picked up at Amazon I found that just relying on the humidifier attached to the furnace the humidity in the house was only about 20%, which is way to low not only for an end grain cutting board but any wood items in your home. I recommend any whole house type humidifier but personally like the one with removable water jugs that you fill and replace. I’ve been keeping the house right around 43% humidity and none of the boards are bending or bowing. Also, the oak floors in the house are appreciating the extra moisture as well. I’m not seeing any of the gaps between the boards that we have seen in previous winters.

Don’t forget to condition your board each month!

A lesson in practicing what you preach.

On Christmas Eve we cooked a wonderful roast. I sharpened my carving knife, my wife took out the first cherry end grain board I made for her, this is the one that she set on fire and then ran through the dishwasher. I strongly recommend that you do not set your board on fire or run it through the dishwasher. But I digress, I carved the roast and we had a nice meal. We cleaned up the kitchen a bit but the dishwasher was full and It’s A Wonderful Life  was about to come on. So we grabbed a cup of coffee and a slice of apple pie and watched. My wife asked about finishing the kitchen and I asked to just leave it until morning. The board was one of the items needing to be cleaned up, I was tired.

As I went to the kitchen in the morning to make some coffee I noticed that Santa made his annual stop at my house. I got the coffee started and looked to my right. The board was sitting where I left it on the counter but there was a crack starting to run through it. I moved the board and saw water and some run off from the roast under it. As I have preached to everyone who has bought one of our boards, don’t let it sit flat after it’s been cleaned, water will get sucked up into the wood and it will split in two. Now I have to add to be sure to not leave it laying flat after using it and you’re tired and will just finish it in the morning.

Guess I’m going to make her a new one.

Some more pictures

This is a beautiful 12 x 18 x 1.75 cherry board with finger grooves.

Here is a stunning walnut 12 x 18 x 1.75 that was ordered by one of our customers.