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01-03-2014 07:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor walnut finishing

I was looking through a recent issue of Dwell and noticed they sell walnut for $100 a board foot (I knocked off $30 for finishing time):

From what I can tell, its actually just a piece of walnut, albeit a wide piece, that has been finished. Maybe I’m missing something, but as someone who just finished 14 end grain cutting boards as gifts, for about the same material cost, I was a bit in shock at the cost of this product.

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 07:11 PM

It’s not even a wide piece. The one in the pic is three boards glued together.

I wonder how many have sold?

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 07:14 PM


It looks to me like it was made from two 5” wide boards edge glued, so it isn’t even a wide piece of walnut.

Maybe the hidden value is that it can be used for charcuterie!

I had to look it up. It must be that “charcuterie” is an $80 word.

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 07:18 PM

1.3.2 Chisel is a dynamic, multi-purpose kitchen tool perfectly suited for cutting, serving and charcuterie and cheese.

It must be the “charcuterie” (whatever that means, and no, I won’t go looking it up)

Maybe time for a new thread called “Online business that have gone nuts”

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 07:48 PM

Maybe it’s expensive because Geoffrey Lilge designed it. Now, can anyone tell who Geoffrey Lilge is and why his work is desirable?

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 07:51 PM

The grand idea is not to buy just one board, but spend close to $400 so you can fit them together like this:


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#6 posted 01-03-2014 07:57 PM

A person can ask $1,000,000 for a cutting board and it is ridiculous unless someone pays that much for it. This world is full of people that pay outrageous amounts of $$$ for something they want.

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#7 posted 01-03-2014 08:01 PM

Since no one else did and since I didn’t know…

Charcuterie is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, pâtés, and confit, primarily from pork. Charcuterie is part of the garde manger chef’s repertoire. 

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#8 posted 01-03-2014 08:04 PM

What DKV said. Charcuterie is a hobby of mine and I think it’s a shame that the craft isn’t more widely known. It tastes so good. Here’s some of my work:

It would look good on that board…but $130? C’mon…

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#9 posted 01-03-2014 08:38 PM

I don’t know, that is a pretty innovative “design”.

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#10 posted 01-03-2014 09:13 PM

You are right Jay. I wonder if there are any books or workshops available that teach how to made these boards at home.

I noticed that the ratio of length to width for the 1.3.2 Chisel is 1.6 – very close to the Golden Mean being discussed on another thread!

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#11 posted 01-03-2014 11:32 PM

I hate to point this out, but after reading the posts above I feel it needs to be said. What is presented on the website in the OP is not primarily a walnut cutting board, but rather a “product” that merely happens to be made of wood. The material is almost irrelevant in the presentation. It is a product cleverly marketed to a well targeted audience.

It is simply an upscale kitchen accessory, conceived to be placed in view and seen on the kitchen countertop of a consumer who has no concern of how it came to be, but who is most likely more interested in the likelihood that their guests have not acquired a similar product yet.

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#12 posted 01-03-2014 11:49 PM

It is very important to me to have something unique on the kitchen counter.

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#13 posted 01-04-2014 12:00 AM

hydro, you hit the nail on the head. If you break down the cost of material in a fine piece of furniture I’m sure the cost would be sky high, less labor of course. Kind of like a major league shortstop earning 5 million a year and a batting avg. below 250.

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#14 posted 01-04-2014 12:24 AM

I think hydro nailed it.

I also think that there are many folks on this site who are considering going into the woodworking business who should give this some thought. A commercially successful woodworking business is usually 80% marketing, 10% design ability, and 10% woodworking talent. It’s easy to laugh at this guy, but somewhere out there is a woodworker turning these out for $20 each. The designer gets $40. The retailer gets $70…

If you’re interested in woodworking as a business, this a Harvard case study made just for you. Great food for thought.

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#15 posted 01-04-2014 12:39 AM

Or, there’s one born every minute! :D

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