From The Weeds To The Workshop
A Connecticut native, I was born in 1979 to a large Italian family. After graduating high school I pursued a career as a chef and earned a degree in Culinary Arts. After 20 years in the kitchen, I made the decision to pursue my passion as a wood worker/carpenter. The same exceptional quality I use in my cooking I use in my woodworking. Each project is held to high standards and is never finished until I feel I can put my name on it. I specialize in cutting boards, butcher blocks and display platters. Contact me for all your carpentry needs such as built-in shelving, furniture, structures etc.
I'm blessed to have been raised by strong and supportive parents along side my three brothers who I respect more than anything. After 10 years living in Southwest Florida and meeting my (now) wife, we decided to move north to Michigan where we made Saline our home. This business would not be possible without the support of my family, my in-laws,
my wife and three young boys.
It's a dream come true to be out of the weeds and creating one of a kind pieces of art in the workshop.
What are "the weeds"?
Answer: If you've ever worked in a restaurant, you know what it's like to be "in the weeds". The weeds apply to both front and back of the house. Imagine a Saturday night at 7:00pm, the hostess just sat the entire dining room within 10 minutes, you are stuck in front of a 2x3 foot grill and you have 30 medium well steaks on the board, the dishwasher called out sick, your prep is running low and you are realizing the next 2 hours are going to be absolute chaos- "the weeds."
Why is a wood board better than a plastic board?
Answer: Plastic boards are deceptive and not as safe as you may think... Knife scars and deep grooves in plastic boards harbor bacteria and spores. A recent study by University of California, Davis, found that wood cutting boards contained less salmonella bacteria than plastic. On wood cutting boards, the bacteria sank down beneath the surface of the cutting board, where they didn’t multiply and eventually died off. On plastic boards, however, bacteria got caught in knife grooves that were near impossible to clean out, whether the board was washed by hand or dishwasher. So while sparkling new plastic cutting boards might be easy to disinfect, any weathered plastic board will hold onto bacteria.
What is "end grain" and why is it better?
Answer: Because I use only hard woods in my end grain boards, not only will your knives stay sharp, but your wooden boards will hold up to years of use and wear. End grain boards allow for your knife blade to be "accepted" into the wood and then close back up after the blade leaves the surface. This also minimizes grooves into your board, dulling of the knife and allows with ease the treatment and preservation of your board. End grain boards are the best choice to keep your knives sharp and
avoid grooves that plastic boards are famous for.
What not to EVER do with your board?
Answer: Never submerge in water for an extended period of time. Never put in a dishwasher. Never leave a pool of blood on your board for an excessive amount of time. Wash with hot water and a small amount of dish detergent, rinse with clean water, wipe excess water with a clean towel and let air dry.
How to maintain a wooden cutting board?
Answer: Each board I sell has been treated with Mineral Oil and Bees Wax. Depending on your use, every 30 days you should apply a thin layer of mineral oil to your board to prevent it from drying out, absorbing liquid and preventing the growth of bacteria. If your board gets any knife grooves or scars, I recommend you lightly sand the surface, remove any dust or particles and then apply a light layer of mineral oil. Because the grain is facing up, the wood will absorb the oil it needs from the top to the reverse side. Once you apply the oil and the board absorbs it through the grain, let it sit out for a day or so to "cure".
Why, Why, Why?
Answer: The feeling you get when the blade of your knife slices through your veggies and comes in contact with a solid wooden board is a beautiful thing. The look of an end grain board in your kitchen is a piece of art. Your knives will thank you.
See how it's made
To see a video on how an "end grain" board is made, click on the link below.