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

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.