Workshop Life

Many of you share your appreciation for the craftsmanship you see in our gift boxes and ask to know more about how “Rugged” works his magic. Here we’ll highlight photos and videos of the latest in workshop activities, including things like wood selection, the finishing process, and projects underway. We have folks tell us it’s hard to believe the boxes are really made by hand. Well, it’s true, and here’s your look into the action behind the workshop doors…

Did you ever look at what was once your beautiful cutting board and wonder what happened to that rich luster and shine? You’re not alone, and the good news is, it’s easy to fix. With a few quick steps, your cutting board will be the envy of all your guests.

If you’re like us, you never put your cutting boards away. Between meal prep and serving, they’re in constant use. And with that use, and the rinse of water, the boards begin to dry and appear dull.

Two quick steps to bring the wood grain back to life, and a bonus for the over-achiever:

- Make sure your cutting board is dry and clean before you begin.

- Add a few drops of Howard Butcher Block Conditioner applying it consistently across the board, with a clean dry cloth, until the conditioner has soaked into the wood.

- Let the cutting board dry for a few hours in a dry, cool place. Allow air to flow under and over the board to dry.

- Repeat this approximately every 4-5 months, or as needed.

- Bonus: If you want to remove any nicks in the wood, you can use 200 grit sandpaper or a sand block, found at any home improvement store. Before you apply the conditioner, run the sandpaper over the board first, sanding with the grain, not against it. Use a dry cloth to wipe off excess dust and you’re ready for the conditioner as outlined above.

Watch the video below for a quick demo of how it’s done!