Hand Made Natural Cutting Boards

I’ve featured hand-made cutting boards before – and my beloved custom made black walnut cutting board from Eric Childress is still sitting happily on my counter. It’s a permanent fixture, I had the countertop measured and sent Eric the dimensions of what I wanted and a few weeks later it arrived.

Here are some gorgeous hand carved and finished cutting boards I found on Etsy.

I just purchased a footed cutting board from Gray Works Design from Woodstock NY, and have gotten so many compliments on it that I’m now using it as a display for fruit. It’s too pretty to cut on! Gray Works only uses locally harvested sustainable or salvaged wood.

Salvaged Sycamore Cutting Board ($135)

Rustic Black Walnut ($75)

Sustainably harvested hackberry wood – Buttery Hackberry Footed Platte ($115)

Appalachian Joinery has a Warm Nut Brown and Smokey Gray English Walnut Cutting Board ($40)

Old Furnace Woodworks features a very unique shaped cutting board made of Big Leaf Maple ($85)

Red Onion Woodworks from Philomath, Oregon is selling this Extra Thick natural Edge Wooden Cutting Board ($108)

Or how about this Burl Burst Natural Edge Serving Tray – okay, it’s too pretty to cut on, but perfect for a cheese and bread board. ($84)

TallyLocke from Portland, Oregon features cutting boards with a modern flair – using sustainably harvested black walnut ($38)

End grain cutting boards are better quality, better for your knives and last much longer as they are “self healing” due to the way the grain of the wood run. They are also very pretty with its geometic designs. Here’s one from Saved From a Fire using bits and ends of wood from Ash to Zebrawood. A little pricey because it’s end-grain, but well worth it as it will last you a lifetime. ($250)

For something a little more unique, this is a wood-burned cutting board ($21) from Family M (type of wood unknown)

Aspen Custom in Crossville makes Maple cutting blocks. This is a limited edition – only 12 left! ($135)

Lastly, I’ve been eyeing this baby for a while. It’s double-sided – use one side for veg, the other for meats, the handles come apart so you can flip the board (one side of the handles feature rubber feet so your cutting board won’t slide. End-grain. Carolina Wood Designs Tiger Wood Cutting Board ($295)


Ann from Thibeaults Table in Canada uses wood that’s been air-dried for 3-4 YEARS before carved and finished in the kiln. This one #103 is made from a solid piece of big leaf maple and is 2-inches thick. Ann says, “The figure in that board is what I love about big leaf (western maple).  It is loaded with the  beautiful figures of  quilt, a little birds eye and some spalt. We use only reclaimed maple for our boards.  No tree was cut down specifically to make our boards. Usually the tree came down because it was in the way of power lines, or came down in a storm, etc…. We have a good relationship with a number of retired tree fallers on the island.  Many of them have wood that they milled themselves and then left it to air dry for a number of years.”

If you think these boards are expensive, let Faith from The Nearest Future show you what it takes to make a wooden cutting board by hand!

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Comments 24

  1. Cat Davis

    I’ll admit it … I have a thing for cutting boards. I love collecting unique ones for photographs. That last photo is gorgeous!

  2. Cooking with Michele

    When my oldest son was in high school shop class he made me a gorgeous cutting board that to this day I’m afraid to really use because I’m afraid I’ll wear it out – but honestly, it’s as pretty as any of these…not that I’m biased! :0)

  3. Ann - Thibeault's Table

    So Beautiful. Especially the burl boards. I’m a sucker for beautiful cutting boards. My husband and I make a line of one-of-a-kind live edge cutting boards. Our boards are all one piece and are made from our local Vancouver Island Big Leaf Maple.


  4. Ann

    These are beautiful! My brother in law works with a lot of salvaged wood making joinery garden structures. I am going to suggest he consider making cutting boards out of his leftovers, and that I’ll be happy to test them 🙂

  5. [email protected]

    How better to present homemade breads and artisnal cheeses than on these works of art from Nature. I have longed for one of these beautiful boards for awhile. The description Ann of Thibeault’s Table uses for her stunning board helps me realize the care used in making them. Also, knowing they are from reclaimed wood is important to me.

    Thanks Jaden, for bringing these sources to us.

  6. Sherri M

    Love that hackberry board. If I could figure out how to do it, I’d have my entire counter top cutting boards. As it stands, my faithful Boos gets all the hacking.

  7. Jeanette

    I find natural cutting boards so interesting. I love collecting them as well as I can’t bear to scratch by actually using them!

  8. Ann - Thibeault's Table

    Jeanette, Scratches and cuts just give your board character.
    What is nice about a solid maple board is if you don’t like the cut marks you can just give the surface a light sanding to return to the original state.


  9. rita

    those are gorgeous looking cutting boards! it’s difficult for me to choose which ones. each boards have their own individual and unique styles and characters. wish i could have them all 😉

  10. Renee

    Thank you so much for sharing this! There are so many beautiful ones! I especially love the extra thick edge one and the one from Thibeaults Table. Stunning! May have to save up a little!

  11. Clau

    Hi Jaden!

    Thank you for the info. They are pretty but do you know where I can find an affordable wood cutting board around here Sarasota/Bradenton area?

    Thank you!

    1. SteamyKitchen

      Hi Clau, I don’t know where to find handmade cutting boards locally, but check Sur La Table on Main Street in Sarasota. They have some beautiful bamboo boards that aren’t too expensive.

  12. Courtney

    Absolutely gorgeous.. Not sure I could cut on any of them!! LOL,
    I love seeing how the last one was made, stunning – amazing!

  13. Ralph Moore

    As a long-time maker of wooden cutting boards I would make a few suggestions for potential buyers. Don’t use anything stronger than soap and water, never in a dishwasher and occasionally treat with any common kitchen oil to keep the wood surface from checking. Generally heavy=dense=hard so the heavier a board feels the less prone it is to cut marks. End grain is harder than vertical grain which is harder than flat grain, and generally tropical hard woods are harder than domestic.

    Wood makes the best cutting boards based on looks, the feel of the knife on the cutting surface, and the “green” factor. Farmers Markets are a good source wood artisans.

  14. lyndsay

    seriously lovely collection! can’t wait to get a lovely wood cutting board, so great for serving cheese on for parties… or for fun food photoshoots! ^__^

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  16. Mordechai Friedman - Jerusalem

    As a long-time woodworker, woodenware (spoon & bowl) carver, and turner, it was very nice to see such care going into wood working. Thank you!
    Mordechai Friedman
    Jerusalem, Israel

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