When he's not
out in the garden, Jerry is most likely to be found in his
shop, making frames for Liz's paintings and cutting and
serving boards. The boards are available through VIVA
Gallery in Viroqua, WIsconsin. Each board is unique, a
product of the ttpe of wood, pattern of the grain, and
vision of the woodworker.
and serving boards are made of local woods, including ash,
curly oak, curly maple, birdseye maple, black locust, walnut
and cherry. Using the end grain and/or face grains
with unique patterning, he configures the woods to
make designs that are unusual, interesting and beautiful.
Eschewing the usual finishing treaments for
cutting boards, he has chosen a mixture of tung oil and
citrus spirits. The choice is labor-intensive--a full
six weeks of drying and rubbing--but it yields a
hard-wearing, food-safe surface.
The cutting boards can be cleaned with soap
and water, wiped, and are best left to dry in a vertical
position to prevent warping.