Someone in Florida contacted me recently asking if I could make her a knife strip from cypress. I said sure, but I don't have any cypress. She mailed me a board (it's more common down there than it is up here), and I made a knife strip for her.
A lot about knife strips have been written here, here, here, here, and here. (I need a tattoo that says "oxford commas for life).
|Does that seem knife strip seem bigger than usual?|
She said "please make 24 inches long if you can. I have a lot of knives." Well, we didn't quite get 24" (there were some imperfections in the piece I had to work around... it's a risk you take with reclaimed wood). But we got close, and she will be able to put up a lot of knives.
|Reclaimed wood is awesome, but has a few drawbacks, including the possibility that some might not be salvagable|
However, I think that's the kind of thing that lends the board character. The scar above your eye might tell a story, for example of how someone (not naming any names) jumped Joey's route in the 9W-Cannibals Marquette University Intramural Flag Football practice, causing an eye socket-to-chin collision that required five stitches (sorry you needed six Joey). The scars on your knife strips tell stories of food and friends and life and love. They're good marks.
|Cypress' straight, horizontal grain, looks great against the perpendicular lines of the knife|
|Am I just dropping gratuitous photos into the post now?|