Next to our knives, our cutting boards are probably the most often-used tools in our kitchen. We do a lot of chopping. However, most of ours are old, unattractive plastic boards that we've had for years.
These beautiful hardwood cutting boards ($20) are made from salvaged black walnut, cherry, and mahogany. The black walnut and cherry is scrap from a Vermont-based furniture company, and mahogany is salvaged from custom-made door casings.
The boards are made by students in a program called YouthBuild USA, a training program for students who have dropped out of high school. In the program they learn construction and energy-efficiency skills while they earn their high school diploma or GED.
We think the boards are gorgeous—love the rich colors and the smooth sheen.