So now and then, I create items without a distinct function because they could fulfill many, many different roles. As an extended wedding ring bearer with floral decorations, or a luxury bonbon stand… or as a very stylish platter to showcase your fruit. It’s a modest and fascinating piece, which feels like a treasure keeper… depending on what is meaningful to you or the lucky person who’s going to receive this as a gift.
I’ve made this one from beautiful grained Walnut wood, sculpted a ‘dip’ in the center to avoid items rolling off and finished it with one of my texture chisels to give it that irresistible handmade appeal. Treated with my homemade biological grade mixture of beeswax and grape seed oil for a perfect and smooth finish.
3 cm. (1.2 inch)
10 cm. (3.9 inch)
60 cm. (23.6 inch)
The very interesting thing about wood is not only its diversity in grain, color, fragrance & patterns….but as well, it can carry countless traces of its life on the planet. Note that in all of my items can be visible traces of those characteristics. Those typical traces can be for example;
A knot in a piece of lumber that is firmly fixed, undecayed, and as strong as the surrounding wood. Also known as tightknot.
An unsound knot is a circular area that was the base of a branch that has a pith center.
This is a swirl or twist in the grain of the wood that does not contain a knot.
These are small marks in the grain pattern caused by pecking birds.
Wormholes are traces of previous wildlife in the wood. They can range in size between 1 mm. up to 4 cm. (0.04 to 1.57 inch.)
They are an olive to blackish-brown color, following a grain pattern.
Gum streaks are mineral-like streaks of color naturally occurring only in Cherry wood.
This is the mature, usually darker wood, extending from the sapwood to the pith.
Sapwood is lighter colored wood growing from inside the bark to the heartwood.
Care & Food Safety
Hand-wash your handmade wooden boards after each use with mild soap and warm water. Wipe by hand and allow it to dry upstanding & separately from other boards. Most important, never allow your board in a dishwasher or standing water…your beautiful board can split or crack under those conditions. White vinegar or lemon can be used to disinfect and remove smelly odors.
Use a food-safe or mineral oil to polish your board when it starts to look a bit pale or dry. Grapseed oil is a good choice for a few reasons. It’s a non-allergic and odorless product that, in contrary to olive and sunflower oil, doesn’t interact with water…..and thus doesn’t grow rancid. Doing so, it helps to maintain a beautiful finish, it prevents cracking and protects the grain against bacteria or undesired odors.
Warm the oil a little bit before applying. Rub the oil with a clean cloth, or better, with your hands, best is in the direction of the grain. Allow the oil to soak in between each of the 2 or 3 coats required. Wait a few hours to allow the oil to penetrate, usually up to 6 hours. Wipe off the excess that did not soak in all the way.
Today, you have chosen for a true unique and handmade little slice of happiness! You can be very positive about the fact that I’ve spend a lot of time, pleasure and dedication on this product. Therefore, it deserves a correct & reliable sending. Below you can read how the item will find its way to your homestead;
After I received your payment, the item will be made ready for sending within 1-4 days. I will ship your order to the address provided, for your own good, please double check if you did provide the right & full address unless you wish your purchase to have a long & adventurous around-the-world-trip.
When the item is ready to leave my workshop after kissing goodbye, I will send you through email the track & trace number in order to follow your priority package. All items shipped are of course packed with care and protected by the therefore suitable materials and products.
As soon as the mailman arrives with your long-expected item, please, show kind politeness by not literally throw yourself across his delivery truck, snatching your package out of his trunk and run off with it. She or he needs your signature to confirm me that you received your package in good order.
Please check the approximate delivery times.
2-5 days within France
6-10 days within the European Union
10-21 days To Australia/New-Zealand & Asia, Canada/USA & South-Africa.
It’s good to bear in mind that exceptions do occur due to strikes, flat tires, roadblocks, fallen trees, doing private shoppings during work shift, lost keys, cancelled weddings and diligent custom officials. As you will understand, therefore I cannot be held responsible.
For me, it’s very important that you are pleased with your purchase. If, for any reason, you are not are happy with your purchase after receiving it, please contact me and I will make sure we will resolve this inconvenience as soon as possible!
Please note, in case of a delay or problem with the delivery or a lost package because of a malfunction of the postal service, I’m asking you to be patient… thankfully, these things happen not very often but it’s still possible. Please, allow to wait 2 months from the shipping date. If your package still didn’t arrive by then, I will make you a full refund. In the unlikely case that you, as a customer, provided me the wrong shipping address, I’ll refund you the original purchase price MINUS the shipping fee as soon as the package arrived back to me.
I accept returns if you contact me within 14 days after having received your package. The order has to be shipped back in the original box (or an equivalent quality) with track & trace, signature required, insurance and within 21 days after you have received it. Please contact me before sending the item back, I would like to know the reason for your return. Refund will only take place after I’ve received your returned item(s). Please note that, unless the package did arrive to you broken or damaged, that you as a customer, are responsible for the return shipping fees.
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