Anne Curtis Inspired Cutting Boards

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Project by Doug McPherson posted 10-07-2011 04:01 PM 3687 views 40 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made a few cutting boards in my day, but I’ve not made nearly as many and a local Michigan Artist and fellow LJ, Anne Curtis. Taking inspiration from her cutting board design elements, here are three boards that I attempted in similar fashion. After you are done browsing around here, I’d encourage you to explore Anne’s WoodenWonders website.

I have not yet met Anne personally, but I have seen her work at some of the local art fairs. Her pieces are simply beautiful in both design and in workmanship. One of the things that impresses me most about Anne and her family is that they have successfully created a small business doing woodworking. Her passion for woodworking and her artistic eye make a winning combination. This is her chosen full-time occupation and she is succeeding. Good for you Anne!

Doug McPherson

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#1 posted 10-07-2011 04:19 PM

Nice work and the attention to the grain pattern takes these to a whole new level I dont think I could bring myself to put the first knife mark in them, and I say Thank you to Anne as well do to her passion influencing great design in another.

sorry but going to check out her website if your work is inspired by hers Im sure we wont be disapointed.

thank you for sharing.

-- Joe, Florida

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#2 posted 10-07-2011 04:22 PM

Beautiful I’m sure Anne will be proud

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 10-07-2011 04:29 PM

Nice work Doug. I think all 3-of them are very attractive. My personal favorite is the second board.

I’ll have to check out her website.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 10-07-2011 04:34 PM


I think I found a new project. ;)

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#5 posted 10-07-2011 05:10 PM

Doug you have come up with some mighty fine gems, nice work…BC

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#6 posted 10-07-2011 05:54 PM

Very very nice.
They look like I just want to touch them.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 10-07-2011 06:02 PM


What woods did you use?

And how did you get the nice black backgrounds in the pictures?

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#8 posted 10-07-2011 06:27 PM

I love these boards! The design is very elegant and modern! Well done!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#9 posted 10-07-2011 06:44 PM

I like the looks of the dark rich color with a little bit of the bond roots! favorite! apple looks good plant the seeds make more blocks some day. thanks! for posting.

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#10 posted 10-07-2011 08:46 PM

the grain patter detail is astounding

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#11 posted 10-07-2011 09:03 PM

thanks all. B13- won’t that be nice if the seeds could sprout more boards! timjr- there is more description on the wood species at my website. on the Portfolio Page. Each piece will have a description where that information is included. Interesting that you bring up the black background. I’ve recently put together this website, and my friend, who is a photographer insists that the photos must be 100% perfect. She did the backgrounds on photoshop. I say 95% perfect is just as good. My fear is, potential customers will see pieces in such nice pictures that they will worry that the real piece is not as nice as presented. Do you all have any thoughts on that?

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#12 posted 10-07-2011 10:58 PM

I thought that they were thin boards until my old eyes adjusted to the darkness. Other than that , those are some very nice boards : ) Maybe some size specs would be nice.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 10-07-2011 11:00 PM

Very impressive boards! She has a keen eye on design with Mother Nature.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 10-08-2011 12:00 AM

Man, those are amazing. I hope nobody ever cuts on them!

-- Jimmy Devlin, Texas

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#15 posted 10-08-2011 02:45 AM

They look perfect – so kudos to you and the photographer. Good choice on the wood and layout and a nice shout out for Anne, very intereresting….

Thanks for posting.


-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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