I managed to convince my wife that a cutting board would be a perfectly good Christmas present. She asked what I wanted, after all. So yesterday, on the way to braving the crowds at one of the nicer malls in DFW - one that has the latest offerings from Mercedes on display inside, and where the Neiman-Marcus valet parking keeps Maseratis and the occasional Bentley out front for show and parks the mere mortal BMW's in the covered parking lot (God forbid we do that with our Toyota, and we walk on down to Dillard's and the Apple Store) - we stopped to see the ever so humble John Loftis and his wife, Jennie, at Lone Star Artisans to pick out an end-grain cutting board. We got one with black walnut surrounded by maple, about 14 by 18 inches. My wife was so impressed she took some pictures at home to send her to her son in Ruston, Louisiana, who in addition to being a very creative architect, has also started a store selling "Made in the USA" products, preferably made of wood.
Pictures just do not do the board justice. It's just so beautiful sitting on my counter that all I can do is gaze at it lovingly, caress it, and wipe it down with a little mineral oil now and then. It just seems too pretty to use - but that's what I said about my Konosuke Fujiyama White #1 Gyuto, too, before I used it.