One of the great things about my mom is that she loves handmade gifts. I’m not talking macaroni necklaces and refrigerator drawing, but nice quality handmade things. Lucky for her I am crafty. I wanted to make something both different and meaningful for her and I got the idea for this cutting board. I thought it would be neat to put a recipe on it, but quickly realized I could not pick from just one of the great women that were close to her. Instead, I chose one from each of my grandmothers and one from my great grandmother.
After I decided how I wanted to display them, I taped them to a piece of computer paper and made a copy to ensure the original recipe cards were not damaged. I then grabbed a piece of carbon paper and traced the recipes onto the board. (My apologies for the lack of pictures. I was in the crafting zone and didn’t even think about it.) After that I grabbed some wood burning tools and got to work.
Burning the words on was the most tedious thing that I have ever done. Seriously. I wanted to give up on the project three words in, but I kept chugging along. It would probably have been easier with a steady hand, but I was all over the place. It took forever for me to finish this. I really thought that it would be easier, but I do attribute some of that struggle to the cutting board that I picked out. I chose a bamboo board. It is nice to look at, but once I started burning I realized that it wasn’t truly flat once you got through the surface layer. There are pretty deep grains and lines in there. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely choose a plain wooden board.
The happiness it gave my mom is priceless, though and I am so pleased that she loves it as much as she does.