We then get the logs to a size where we can mill them into more usable size rough sawn boards
These boards are then stacked up on concrete blocks and covered to air dry. A "rule of thumb" is it takes up to 1 year for each 1" of thickness of the board. So the 2" thick boards will take 2 years to be dry and usable. They are covered with old pool tarps (given to us by the neighbors son who replaced pool tarps)
After they are mostly dried we bring them inside to finish drying so that we can plane them down to use.
After they are planed down to our desired thickness they are then cut into 3/4" strips and put on our organizing cart by wood types.
They are then laid out into various patterns then glued and clamped together.
After the glue dries and the clamps are removed the boards are then planed smooth and cut down to the size they need to be.
They are then sanded and have the edges rounded. Then put in the finish room to be oiled. We use Tried and True danish oils: True boiled linseed oil. An organic food safe oil derived from the flax plant. (Yes I have my baby on my back...he just fell asleep when this picture was taken :)
The finish product is a gorgeous functional piece of kitchenware! *Pictured is our large (12.5"x16"x3/4" not including handle) cutting board with handle and juice groove (retail value $31.00 plus shipping)