Large, live-edge, yew charcuterie board with a unique integral handle
Tray measures 22" long x 5" wide x ⅞" thick x 3½" high (at the handle).
The handle was formed from and follows the angle of a branch that grew off the trunk; it helps to pick up and pass the tray and gives the board an artful touch.
In addition to the handle, each end of the board has a finger pocket carved out of the bottom (see photos) to make it easy to pick up the tray from a flat surface.
The bark is retained on both sides (and a bit on the handle) and is firmly attached; any small crevices in the bark are filled and sealed with black epoxy resin.
All natural stress cracks/checks or holes from insects or soft bark inclusions have been cleaned out and filled with black epoxy resin to improve stability and to prevent food particles from lodging there.
The board is finished with 3 coats of in-the-wood, food-safe polymerized tung oil and is silky smooth.
The wood comes from a dead yew tree in the Needham, MA, area.