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This unique charcuterie board is made from Ontario pear that has been salvaged from a Niagara orchard. It is cut across the tree trunk so the growth rings are visible, and is highly irregular in shape, grain pattern and colour. This "cookie" actually cuts across a crotch with three separate branches.
I have done my best to match the colour of the wood in the photographs, but it is hard to duplicate online the deep brown and beige colours in the wood. There are voids from rot and cracks from drying that have been filled with translucent clear epoxy.
This board is oval in shape, 18 inches on the long side and 10 inches on the short side, and is 1 3/4 inches thick.
This tree was salvaged from a woodlot that was over 50 years old. It took over two years to dry, cut and process the wood. The natural checks and cracks caused by the drying process are filled with translucent clear epoxy to create a flat surface.
The charcuterie board is finished in multiple coats of food-safe tung oil. The finish will last many years, and can be renewed by applying more tung oil available at most hardware stores.
Because this is natural wood, it may warp and bend over the year with changes in humidity. The wood was dried in my kiln to 7% moisture content, so any seasonal changes should be limited.