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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Antique Cutting Boards

I love the look and patina of any kind of wood, and antique chopping boards seem to have a ton of patina.

I have two that were given to me by a precious life-long friend about 30 yrs. ago.  This wonderful heart shaped one that she wrote a message on the back was a birthday present.  Love the detail.  This must have been a very special board to someone long before me.  On the front it has a tiny carving that says D.W. 1918.  Such a simple everyday piece that someone put a lot of work into.

I have it hanging on the wall in the laundry room with a few of the quilt blocks that I made and other treasures that were also gifts.  (The cabinet holds my sewing and craft supplies.)

When I was straightening things in the garage the other day, I went through a few boxes of my treasures and I came across this fabulous heart cutting board that was given to me by the same friend.  This one doesn't have any date or signature on it, but it was lovingly used.  Both sides show a lot of knife marks.

Such gorgeous patina and color after years of use.  I decided that it was perfect to hold my oils and salt and pepper grinder by the stove.   I added the carafe and flower for fun and some color.

Don't you love it when you find a treasure that has been packed away for a while and you get to enjoy it all over again.  Especially when it brings such precious memories of a dear friend that is now in heaven.  Just looking at it makes me smile.  Great memories.

I am linking to the following parties:

Treasures and Trinkets Thursday @ My Cottage Charm
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home Friday @ The Charm Of Home
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Flaunt It Friday @ Chic On A Shoestring Decorating

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.


  1. Your sweet cutting boards were definitely made to display! What a sweet friend. I like your arrangement on the one next to your stove...great idea!


  2. It is fun to look through a box and find an old friend again. The heart shape one with love is amazing!

  3. Marty...I love the board with the heart handle. How cute is that. I should post about my cutting board. It isn't cute, but the story is precious to me.

  4. HI MARTY!!!
    I have an old wood cutting board, every time I use it, I think I should toss it out as it is so old and battered up, now I will look at it with different eyes!!!
    love yours

  5. I love old cutting boards...they exude such warmth and character. Yours with the heart shaped handle is so different! I LOVE it!


  6. That is the cutest cutting board. I also love your display on the wall. So pretty.

  7. Great cutting boards!

    I wish sometimes we were magic so we could go back in time and see the story behind some of our treasures......

  8. i just love old wood cutting boards. Yummmy! Richard at My Old Historic House

  9. I am in love with that cutting board! It's beautiful. I'm so glad you got it our of the garage and have it where you (and I) can see it! Love it! Really!

  10. Goodness Martha, what fabulous cutting boards. I've never seen heart shaped ones before.

  11. SO,so sorry, my mind said Marty, but my hands typed Martha :o(

  12. I do love old cutting boards...and your's are precious...I know they must be extra special, coming from a long time friend..
    I would love to have one of those old butcher blocks in the middle of my kitchen...They are really so neat!
    What is so special is the color change throughout the years...
    Have a happy evening

  13. Oh yes Marty! I so agree it's fun to rediscover our treasures and USE them! That is why we keep them, isn't it?? Love the heart cutting board and how perfect to use it instead of a tray to hold your items.

    Thank you for your nice comment on my hydrangea arrangement. I'm so glad you stopped by and happy you liked it!

  14. What a great idea to collect cutting boards.

  15. Marty, I love your heart shaped cutting boards. They are fabulous. And I LOVE your laundry room! I sew in my laundry room, so yours is the perfect setting :-)

    Jocelyn @

  16. I love your cutting boards. They are well used and lovely!

    Thank you for stopping by a while ago. And thanks so much for your kind comments! I always enjoy your visits.

    God Bless,

  17. Marty, you and Ceekay are causing me to envy your cutting boards!

  18. Hi Marty, how beautifully you displayed the treasures on your laundry room... you can see them and enjoy them everyday. The heart-shaped cutting board is my favorite and I'm loving the pretty vignette on it. Have a wonderful evening!~Poppy

  19. There is something about cutting boards that I love. I have a collection, but I never really considered it a collection until now. :)

    I have a very large board that my PA German great grandmother used for cutting cabbage for sauerkraut. I have a pig cutting board made when I was in high school by one of my best friend's father, a heart shaped Dansk cutting board and more.

    Maybe one day I will do a vignette using them and post it to TT. :) Thanks for sharing your lovely boards and their history.

  20. I love the chopping board, Marty. I love the heart on it.....Christine

  21. I adore old cutting boards and collect them especially pig shaped ones. The love one is so unique.

  22. Both of the cutting boards are wonderful. and I just love the fact that they were used and therefore part of someone's everyday life. someone took a lot of care to make them. I am glad you are giving them a loving home!

  23. Hi Marty! I would've sworn I left a comment here yesterday, but I guess I got sidetracked! Your home is always so beautiful! I covet your gorgeous laundry room! I could NEVER get mine to stay so lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  24. I love unusual things and pieces with history. Never seen either of those cutting boards before, but they are wonderful. As always, you have such an eye for display too!

  25. Hi Marty.... I have to smile... After I read your post I was looking around my kitchen and I was shocked at how many I have. I love them! :)

    These are beautiful antiques. I love the one with the heart handle. :)


  26. Hi Marty,
    Sorry to be so behind in visiting. I love your old cutting boards. Especially the cutout heart. How nice those are. Thanks for linking them up to Home Sweet Home!