Thursday, June 30, 2011

Propolis in our cutting board oil...

Bee Propolis is a very interesting substance. Also known as bee glue, propolis
is produced by bees during hive construction to fill structural gaps.
It has approximately 50 constituents, primarily resins and vegetable balsams (50%),
waxes (30%), essential and aromatic oils (10%), and pollen (5%). Since ancient times,
this agent has also been incorporated into numerous medical and cosmetic products
since it is believed to be a potent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory substance,
local anesthetic, astringent, and antioxidant. Moreover propolis is presently found
in toothpaste, mouthwash preparations, facial creams, chewing gum, polishes, and varnishes.

We specifically chose propolis as a main ingredient in our cutting board oil for the following benefits:
It is a natural varnish
It is anti-viral
It is anti-bacterial
It is anti-fungal &
It is edible

Some Propolis Facts:
It is effective against E. coli and salmonella.

Used with alcohol, propolis has removed molds and fungi more efficiently and for a longer period of time than standard remedies.

It is reported that the renowned Stradivarius (1644-1737 AD) handmixed his own propolis varnish to polish his handcrafted instruments. Having made only 1,116 stringed instruments, no one has ever been able to duplicate his workmanship or his recipe for this varnish.

Propolis. Another reason we can not live without the bees...
For more information on bee propolis: click here

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011


Design*Sponge - Make it yours

Design*Sponge - Make it yours
thank you to design*sponge! it's an
honor to be included again :-)


inspiration in our backyard...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Follow us on Twitter too!

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Turn, Turn, Turn

new, sweet gum, drum shape vessel roughed
out & ready for seasoning.

turns out - sweet gum is a very interesting wood...
we can't wait to see what the finish will look like!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Breath of Hope

(emerson with her older sister reese in the NICU in 2008 & sharing an ice cream in 2011)

Emerson Rose was born at 37 weeks on December 3, 2007.

She was diagnosed with a mass in her chest and a chance for chromosome problems, at 13 weeks gestation (found out during a first trimester screening). After some further testing, it was determined there were no chromosome problems however, the mass in her chest and her heart being shifted to the right side were still problems. Emerson was officially diagnosed with CDH, "Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia", a defect that occurs when the diaphragm doesn’t close, creating an opening that allows abdominal organs to migrate into the chest and restrict lung development—an opening that needs surgical repair. Infants with CDH are remarkably fragile and can suffer multiple complications. Emerson had been given a 25% chance of life...BUT, she was born with a will to live and to beat the odds! Emerson is a true example of "never give up" and everything is possible.

We have learned many important life lessons from our 3 1/2 year old niece, Miss Emerson Rose, who I am happy to report is doing great!

Over the next six months (July 1st though January 1st) we will be devoting a percentage of profits from our small products to Breath of Hope an organization & cause close to our hearts.

To learn more about CDH and Emerson's story please visit:

Monday, June 20, 2011

Now Stocked...

We are very happy to announce that
Eden Marketplace in South Orange, NJ
is now stocking our cutting board oil!

Eden Marketplace
1 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
P. 973.862.5200

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Now Stocked...

We are very excited to announce that
North of Sixty Books is now stocking our oil!

North of Sixty Books
Box 1050, 66 Portage Avenue
Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0
P. 867.872.2606

Monday, June 13, 2011

JV Limited Edition Works In Progress

jv limited edition KNOT PUZZLES in progress.
maple wood, 16''x16''x16'' - three available.

Now Stocked...

we are happy to announce that HIP SQUARE is now stocking
our cutting board oil.

Hanamizuki Street
1-2-16 Minami Damachi Toyama City
P. 076-481-8633

Friday, June 10, 2011

Boards on the rack.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Rye & Rivet - Spotlight

JV Walnut Turning

medium, double enclosed, vessel 10’’diameter by 10’’tall

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Black Creek

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Article in ACM - Shop till we drop

definitely worth reading...
[resource - American Craft Magazine]

Thursday, June 2, 2011

BCM&T Boards