One of the flea markets I frequent has a new vendor. My grandson came over and told me about it on Friday....so, on Saturday I paid a visit to that flea market to see what Ty's excitement was all about.
Seems his employer has been using his early morning, pre-work time, to create beautiful cutting boards...and opened a space at the flea market to sell them. Ty was so proud of what his boss had done and wanted me to see them. And, WOW!! That's pretty much what I thought.
ART. That's what they are. He uses three different kinds of wood....Dark Walnut, Purple Heart, and Maple. Beautiful work. So, I thought you should see them too.
Not only do they look gorgeous, but they are very smooth to the touch....I would find it hard to use them, actually. But, that IS what they are made for and he also has made his own oil and conditioner for sale also. I don't think you should own one of these and use them without taking very good care of them.
His display of various boards is quite special and a treat for the eyes. I know there is lots of work involved in creating each one.
The bread and cheese board...shown here standing on end, has all three of the different woods in it...so I bought it.
These are his wood care products. A necessity to properly take care of these boards.
A close-up of one of the larger ones...of course, this one is also a quilt pattern called "Baby Blocks" so it caught my attention.
A smaller version...this one has a handle, covered up by the tag in this photo.
This photo was taken in my kitchen. I thought the cutting board I bought should be seen in a real kitchen...although my cutting boards...(which I seem to bring home often, used and needing a home)....are pretty poor looking compared to this one. Well, you know how I love beat up old things...(And, don't we love that spoon in the shape of a heart!)
I have decided to give this cheeseboard as a gift to someone special...it's really too pretty to live in my kitchen and I have the perfect person in mind. You'll know who it is...he lives in California, has a birthday coming up in June and is one of my favorite people of all time.
TM Hardwood Designs. A local building contractor who happens to employ my grandson. I hope he sells every one of his cutting boards. I think he needs to get online so lots of folks can see these. They start at $50 and go up...and are beautifully made. Art. Yes, indeed. The Freeway Emporium....I go there often. Cheapest therapy I can think of and very enjoyable.
I couldn't resist setting up a photo with the cutting board actually in use...well, sort of. I didn't really slice this bread on the board as I intend to give it away, but entertained myself pretending. Notice I DID have to add a little bird....just what I do around here. That little piece of paper the bird is standing on holds an actual maple leaf, preserved forever...given to me by my friend, Bibi. Cute, huh?
So....you never know where you will find art...who will be making it....or how you will react to it.
Remember to support your local artists...it's a good thing!
Til next time, pat ♥