Ash Wood for the home

Ash Tree
Ash Tree in full leaf in summer

We sometimes have some Ash wood in the workshop.  This wood is light in colour and mellows to a rich creamy hue with age.  It makes lovely chopping boards, chopping blocks and can used to make bowls or decorative items for the home.

So we thought we would give a little bit of information about this tree.

The Ash tree was thought to have medicinal and mystical properties.  In Norse Viking mythology, ash was referred to as the ‘Tree of Life‘. Even today it is sometimes known as the ‘Venus of the woods‘. In Britain we regarded Ash as a healing tree. People have used the hardwood timber of Ash for many years.  Its timber is one of the toughest and a natural shock absorber. The wood can take a hard blow without splintering and so is used where strength is needed. It has attractive grain.

A Good Start to the New Year!

First Order 2018

January is not always full of orders.  After the spending in December, many business face a lean time in January.  But the New Year has started very well for us!

We have just completed our first major order for for 2018.  English Oak Serving boards boxed up and ready to go, with the last of the boards needing to be boxed.

These English Oak Serving boards are locally made in Devon. No travel miles, no plastic and a quality product.

 

Pizza Board

Pizza Board

There’s nothing nicer on a cold January evening than to sit around with family and friends enjoying some pizza.  Last Saturday evening was just such an evening! Inspired by the many cookery shows on TV, I made the dough earlier in the afternoon.  Once it was baked, I was delighted to serve it on the Oak Board I have had in the kitchen since we started Something Wood, 7 years ago.  It has seen lots of use.  I have used it as a chopping board for much of the time.  It was on the counter ready for use. I have only used it to chop vegetables and fruit, never meat.  I do have another Ash board for that.

However, this board has doubled up as a serving board more than once.  It has been used to serve pizza, bought or homemade; used to serve canapes at a party as well as cakes and biscuits at another gathering.  So versatile.

I must admit I am biased.  I love this board, it has served me well over the years.  I haven’t done anything special with it, just washed it in the sink with some warm soapy water and it still looks good.  True, it has needed oiling every now and then.  But then it is easily done.

Christmas Fayre

Christmas Fayre

Tomorrow, 9th December, we will be at the Seaton Christmas Fayre held in the Town Hall.  It will be warm and cosy inside, so don’t let the cold deter you from coming along.  We believe there will be a Festive Spirit and many lovely items to browse.

And here are some pictures taken on the day!

Christmas Cheer

At this time of the year we are thinking of the gifts we can give to those who are close to us.  We try and determine what is the best gift, what the recipient really would like, then we search the internet for the best buy.  It is an exciting but often frustrating exercise to find that gift we think they would like.  For the home chef, something for the kitchen seems a good idea; for those setting up their new or first home, there are so many ideas.  What is the ideal?

We hope that there is something here that will help in your search for the gift.

Remember, we do bespoke items.  Just drop a line or give us a call.

Merry Christmas