|Project by newTim||posted 12-30-2009 07:06 AM||3088 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
Archeologist, Essayist, Father, Son, Friend, and all around good guy. And oh yeah, a cook too.
For over a decade our best friends have had us over for Christmas Eve to share with their family. This year my friend asked if I could make him a board for his son large enough to cut a turkey. Could I?
But first some back story. Last year I made twenty-one boards for friends and family. On some of these I cut grooves and other shapes to hold the juice. It seems I never cut them large enough to hold all the juice so this time around I wanted to really experiment. This board is about 18” x 22”x 1 1/8”. The juice groove was cut with a 1” diameter round router bit. I used an edge guide with two contact points and the operation fought me all the way. I ended up doing a bunch of planing, shaping, carving, and the hated sanding. In the end it came out okay and I learned some good lessons. Penance I call it. I’ve already begun making a template for future boards but that is prologue. The board is made out of purple and yellow heart and has four 1 1/2” x 1/4” rubber feet. It is finished with a few coats of GF’s Salad Bowl Finish blended according to TWW’s cutting board video. And now for the rest of the story.
Turns out my friend’s son has recorded a number of essays for Public Radio. His latest one, published just last week, can be heard on KQED, San Francisco or by clicking this link. His topics cover a wide range; the latest titled The Act of Cooking. As the byline of the essay says, “Mike Newland was a cook before he became an archeologist but he’s always believed that preparing a meal for others is about so much more than the food”. I didn’t know he was a cook although it is no real surprise considering his parent’s are both very talented around the kitchen and BBQ. I did know he was and is a good guy which is also no surprise knowing his parents as I do. And now he’ll have another good tool to use in the kitchen.
P.S. all this talk of BBQ reminds me of a funny quote.
“If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat?”
The Honorable Sarah Palin
-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com