The Cutting Edge

By Brandon Johnson

Published on October 20, 2009

Ever thought that a cutting board could be captivating? Buff and Sharon Brown, two artists based in Livingston, Montana, sure do. This couple creates one-of-a-kind cutting boards that follow the natural wood contours of their raw materials. The Browns' Mendicino Collection comes in a variety of sizes; to ensure durability, each board is crafted from a single plank of maple, cherry, or walnut hardwood. You can use them chop vegetables, of course, show them off as a serving trays for appetizers, or even—given the hole carved in each board for handy storage—hang one on the wall for a kitchen art piece. Now if I can only find a dining table in this shape...

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