As many of my fellow LJs must know, a huge amount of decorative cutting board projects have been posted here and they are mostly very decorative and one would hesitate you actually use the item as a cutting board in order to preserve the surface. Most likely they would not be used for cutting, but as a decorative item or a wall hanging like a not hit dart board.
I did a lot of research into cutting boards and found original designs listed in a medieval parchment at the Smithsonian. These cutting board have very intricate concentric circle designs and have a circumference with a protective casing. It is hard to conceive the amount of craftsmanship that went into making these items considering the limited tools they had.
I decided to make a replica medieval end grain cutting board from the information found and have pleasure in posting the resulting project for all prospective and current cutting board fanatics.
Notice how delicately the rings are placed and the protective circumference does it’s job.
This one was used in the castle kitchens, but their other large types that were for outside use mainly used for beheading. Simpler peasant designs involved selecting a 1,000 year old tree and painstakingly lobbing off the top 50 feet, making a static cutting or chopping block.
The manuscript was written by a guy named Sir Guy de Goose, who fell on bad times through mead binging and was deported to a penal colony.
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