The first trenchers, derived from the French word tranchier meaning "to cut" or "to carve," date to the medieval era and were originally made from stale, hard bread as a presentation board for food. Pewter and metal eventually replaced the bread trenchers, displaying food in a formal dining table setting. Our Black Walnut Trencher is designed for the modern-day kitchen in mind, as a multipurpose tool. Use it as a platform for carving ribs, roasts, steaks and other fare. The trencher is made with a gradual slope in order to collect juices in the well at the back of the board, keeping them separate from the rest of your work area. The flat reverse side can be used as a cheese, fruit and hor d’oeuvres platter, or as a traditional cutting board.
The dip in the wood of this trencher allows you to slice meat, dice tomatoes, crack open a lobster or serve pot roast without worry of spillage or sogginess. The Black Walnut is finished with a food-safe mineral oil. For maintenance, you can wipe down the board with a dab of corn oil on a paper towel whenever it starts to look dry or pale. This can be done once every two weeks, or as often as needed to preserve the wood's luster. Wash the board with warm soapy water and wipe down right away. Cannot be put in the dishwasher.
These trencher boards were designed and turned by a Scottish engineer who fell in love with Vermont and made it his home. A longtime wood hobbyist, he made his first trencher board in 1967, and the piece still gets daily use in his kitchen to this very day. Working as an independent craftsman for a number of years, the maker gradually fine-tuned the techniques and construction of wooden bowl styles, wooden tableware and other kitchenware items. With a growing reputation and increasing sales, he expanded his solo operation to open a factory. He currently employs eight full-time and four part-time craftsmen. Some of them have been with him for over 25 years, woodturning and witnessing the growth of this small business.
Sloped cutting board with trench designed to collect run-off and juices while carving your meat. Flat reverse side doubles as an elegant serving platter or flat cutting surface. Made in Vermont since 1967. Also available in a circular shape. (more info)
21 inches long x 15 inches at widest point x 1 ¼ inches thick
(53 cm x 38 cm x 3 cm)
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