When I was recently asked to come up with a small board that can help guests at a dinner party hold their wine and still be able to enjoy their charcuterie at the same time! Well this is our take!
We chose a bit of a unique wood to work with to create these holders, a western maple burl. Western maple, otherwise known as bigleaf maple, grows extensively in the cowichan valley, but not every tree produces burls. Out of 100 trees, you might be lucky to get one with a burl, and even less with any sizable burls. But we lucked out and found a massive burl, so big that we have been using parts of it for more than 3 years! This was our last piece and we wanted it to be used in something new and exciting!
We harvested this tree from Duncan, British Columbia over a year ago, milled the tree and dried it in our kilns. After we let the piece reaclimate to our local climate from the kiln drying process we shape the handles, flatten both sides and remove the bark. We then carefully sand it with progressively finer grits until a silky smooth finish is achieved. FInally we coat the whole board with a wax and oil mixture, let that dry and buff to a soft sheen.