Looking back at 2016

As we finished 2016 we realized we should take stock of what we did and how we need to prepare for 2017. We knew we had been busy as we had to work hard to keep up with our normal demand and the addition of 5 new stores, 4 in Colorado and 1 out of state store in Minnesota. Busy enough with the new stores that we didn’t do the normal round of fall shows for the holiday season.

So what exactly does busy look like?

  • We made 1150 cutting boards
    • 52 of those boards for USA Triathlon
    • We introduced 2 new boards ( a bear and a fox)
  • We made 71 coasters
  • We introduced and made 164 board butters
  • We created 10 clipboards for Hop Doddy
  • We placed product in 8 stores throughout the year
    • 5 of those were the new stores
  • We participated in 8 craft or fine art shows
    • We sold an average of 65 boards at each show
    • We backed out of 1 show because we had sold so much leading up to it we didn’t have the product to go

Looking back it is hard to believe it was only 8 shows. It felt like so much more. Guess that was the addition of 5 stores as we made 303 boards for them. Really we didn’t shoot for a Denver area code when we made them, it’s just a funny coincidence!


salt poured on a board with a lemon wedge for cleaning

How to care for your wood cutting board

Salt and lemon for cleaning a board
These 2 items clean cutting boards

We are frequently asked how to care for the cutting board that was just purchased. People want to keep the board as beautiful as the day it is purchased. Of course this is after saying they are too beautiful to cut on (there are two sides…). This is what WoodRiver Woodcrafts recommends for cutting board care:

-Scrape food off board
-Sprinkle with coarse salt and lemon juice use a cloth to scrub the surface
-Rinse with cold water
-Dry immediately
-Treat with butcher block oil, mineral oil, or a blend with bees wax with one of these oils to keep wood in good condition
-Sponge your board with household bleach for tough stains, but minimize the time bleach is on the wood to avoid discoloration
-You not use soap or detergent to prevent weakening the wood’s fiber
-Do not leave in standing water
-Do not wash in the dishwasher

Moving into our 8th store!

We are officially in our 8th store! WoodRiver Woodcrafts can now be found at ReNew-Blue Chair, 3473 S Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113.

This store is fun and has a lot of cool art. We are in the loft in the area called the Avenue of Vendors. They have used a bright yellow striping to line out the road to travel. We have gotten a great spot along the front of the loft where we can be seen from the main floor.

Super excited to have gotten a spot in this store. We moved in with a light inventory as we have been extremely busy. We will be filling in before the grand opening on October 15th. They have a great group of people running the store. You can find reimagined pieces of furniture, a space to have a kids party or a sip and paint, and of course our work.

Just above Hampden on Broadway this a fun store to poke around in and find some real gems.

Collected dust in the workshop

Chips of wood fly in the workshop

There is always dust in the shop. Its just a fact of having a workshop, the cutting and sanding leaves it everywhere (including the outside of our garage door). Yet the collection of it always creates these glorious bags of layers in color.

Wood chips flying
Chips will fly in the shop

Before WoodRiver Woodcrafts had a dust collector it would pile in a corner. We once had a beautiful pile that looked like marble. Yet I digress…


We have a drill press for the boards that need a hole for a tail, an eye added in, creation of easter egg boards (they weren’t a big hit) and the like. I am rarely in the shop, but I have been out there more this year to capture Josh in action and the process of a board being put together. One such moment is the reason for this post.

Josh was working on creating a glue tray for the shop. It allows the boards to be off the table and out of the glue while working on them. While he was drilling the holes in a board to be cut in half for the PVC pipe to sit in, I shot photos. Close ups at that.

Our oldest was holding the hose for the dust collector to get the debris of chips from the drilling out of the way and I caught the shot of the chips in the air as the bounced from the vibration of the drill and the suction from the hose. Its a beautiful shot so I couldn’t resist sharing. We have lots of beautiful boards, this is my addition to the WoodRiver Woodcrafts collection of beauty.

Fishing for wood to reclaim

About our boards

Reclaimed wood loaded in car
A successful reclaiming trip

The wood in our cutting boards is joined using FDA approved TiteBond lll wood glue and it is finished with a natural food grade mineral oil, making it 100% safe for food contact.

We try to use reclaimed or rescued wood as much as possible. This means that each board is a unique creation. The boards you see through out our site are pieces that we have created recently and are not the board you can purchase. Please let us know if you see a particular color scheme you would like us to replicate. We do our best to match based on wood available to us.

The majority of our pieces are crafted from hardwoods rescued from local hardwood wholesaler’s scrap heap. Your cutting board may contain any of the following species of wood: African Mahogany, Alder, Ash, Bloodwood, Bubinga, Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba), Chechen, Cherry, Curly Cherry, Domestic Mahogany, Domestic Walnut, Hickory, Maple, Padauk, Peruvian Walnut, Purple Heart, Red Oak, Red Grandis, Rustic Walnut, Sapele, Soft Maple, Teak, White Oak, Wenge.