My boss's presents for this year

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Project by Betsy posted 12-21-2011 04:25 AM 1721 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to Lew and Larry I managed to get my cheese boards done without the scratches! The center board with the two chevron rows I’m calling an Amish cheese board. When I was a little girl there was an Amish lady, Mrs. Swearingen, who taught me how to needlepoint and do other needle work. She taught me that you had to do your very best work to please God, but you never want to be absolutely perfect. She taught me to skip a stitch somewhere that was not easily seen, so as to not disrespect God and to keep our pride in check. I honestly don’t know if that is a true Amish thing to do, I suppose I could Google it, but I’d prefer to keep that childhood memory in tact.

So after that long explanation – if you look closely enough you can see where I let a chevron joint slip and it’s not lined up as it should be. No way to fix it now, so I’m calling it Henri’s Amish Cheese Board. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

All three of my bosses enjoy having parties so I think these three boards should do the trick.

Thanks again to Lew and Larry for the help.

Happy holidays everyone!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#1 posted 12-21-2011 04:29 AM

You are welcome.. and you have done a great job here…really fabulous…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 12-21-2011 04:35 AM

They look great. Well done.

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#3 posted 12-21-2011 04:37 AM



-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 12-21-2011 04:55 AM

Thanks! I’m so happy they turned out so well.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#5 posted 12-21-2011 05:08 AM

Wow, wish you worked for me (when I was working :-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 12-21-2011 05:36 AM

Betsy , I really like the effect I’m seeing in the third board : )
They’re all sweet , but I like that one the most.
Happy Holidays !!

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

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#7 posted 12-21-2011 05:46 AM

Thanks Bill and Dusty. Bill my bosses take good care of me – so once a year I try to show them I appreciate them.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#8 posted 12-21-2011 06:24 AM

Very nice work

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#9 posted 12-21-2011 06:31 AM

Great boards Betsy.
I like the first chevron the most.
I must say that all of them are really nice.

Well done!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 12-21-2011 04:43 PM

That’s a wonderful story to go along wiith a very nice cheese board. I’m sure they will love their gifts.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 12-22-2011 01:32 AM

Great looking boards.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#12 posted 12-22-2011 02:30 AM

Great looking boards, you must have put hours into them – but can I ask why?
Maybe this is a cultural thing, I’ve always been used to being given gifts by my bosses in the form of wine/whiskey/bonus/hamper etc.
There seems to be a lot of gifts for bosses posted lately, is this obligatory for Americans? I am not trying to be funny or inflammatory, I’d just like to know – as I said, it may be a cultural thing.

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#13 posted 12-22-2011 10:04 AM

Hi Betsy,

thanks for clarifying that, one aspect of Lumberjocks that I find fascinating is the little differences in traditions and the way things are done by people in other parts of the world – this being an example of that kind of thing. We wouldn’t ever see or hear of traditions like this, that’s why I asked the question.
I am sure your boss will love the board, and it’s a great gift idea – especially since you have taken the time to make it yourself.

Happy Holidays

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#14 posted 12-22-2011 03:29 PM

Oh, and what we refer to as a hamper on this side of the Atlantic, would be like a picnic basket, filled with festive treats and goodies. (Not dirty washing).

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#15 posted 12-22-2011 03:35 PM

Nice boards. I’ve been wanting to make one (more than one really) but it took until recently to convince my potentail recipients of my handywork that a wooden cutting board was better for their knives and for fighting germs than their glass cutting boards. (Yes I said GLASS. And they wonder why their knives are always dull.)

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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