This unique charcuterie board is made from Ontario maple.
I have done my best to match the colour of the wood in the photographs, but it is hard to duplicate online the delicate graining and warm colours in the wood. The grain pattern includes some "quilting" where subtle waves cross the wood and ripple as your angle of view changes.
The grain pattern of this quarter-sawn piece also includes some ray flecks that you can see in the enlarged photograph.
This substantial board is 23 inches long, around 12 inches wide, and 1 5/8 inches thick. It weighs a hefty 7 Kg. Finger grooves have been routed into the ends so you can easily pick up the board.
This wood took over a year to dry, cut and process. The natural checks and cracks caused by bark inclusions, tension in the wood, and the drying process are filled with black epoxy to create a flat top 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.