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teardrop serving boards

by Dominik Kowalik
Handmade
Community Voted
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  • the story

Sounding Boards

If the organic colors and curves of these wooden platters feel like music to your eyes, maybe that's because woodworker Dominik Kowalik began his career crafting guitars. When Kowalik transposed his skills into the creation of artful serving boards, he maintained his commitment to handmade goods and handcrafted beauty. Each piece is a work of art when displayed, and pitch perfect when accompanying a fruit or cheese assortment. Formed from carefully selected walnut or birdseye maple, the solid wood boards are hand shaped and sanded, and treated with a blend of beeswax and food-safe mineral oil. Handmade in Los Angeles, California.
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  • details
Handmade
Community Voted
Item ID
21903
Made from
beeswax, mineral oil, solid walnut wood, maple wood
Measurements
Medium: 15.5" L x 10" W x 0.75" H; Large: 17.75" L x 11.5" W x 0.75" H
Notes
Care: Rinse with mild soap and warm water. Allow to dry completely and do not rest edge of board in water.
To Protect: Apply a liberal coating of wood conditioner when it looks dry.
  • the maker

Dominik Kowalik

Although he began his woodworking career by learning the traditional craft of guitar making, when Dominik Kowalik was asked to make a cutting board for serving cheese and bread, he created his first organic-shaped board. From his studio in Los Angeles, California, Dominik has built a woodworking career based on his belief in creating products by hand and he continues to grow his collection of high-quality wood products.

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Q and A

When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

478votes, 76 comments

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

Just looking at the beautiful craftsmanship in these handmade serving boards is almost enough to make us cry tears of joy. Do you prefer Dominik Kowalik's dark, walnut board, or the lighter birdseye maple piece?

tracy
Vote: Thumbs up!

like the shape.

Megan
Vote: Thumbs down!

I think the craftsman ship is beautiful, but the product is not unique, especially to Uncommon Goods. There are 5-6 other cheese/serving boards on this website. I do like the idea of handing the boards to clear up clutter but other than that, the product just lacks the distinctive quality.

Erin
Vote: Thumbs down!

It looks nice and I like that it's handcrafted in US, but it seems kind of bland and generic.

Sara

Is it a cheese board? Is it an artist's palette? Is it an oblong frisbee? Most likely it's a little of each!

Cassy
Vote: Thumbs up!

This may not be a super unique product, but I love the shape and different woods (and the fact that it's made locally!). I think both woods would look striking with varous kinds of goodies, especially fruit and cheese - the best!

Caroline
Vote: Thumbs up!

It has a natural beauty and easy storage. I like the shape and colors. It would be a natural, simple, and elegant piece to any kitchen or table.

Linda
Vote: Thumbs down!

Perhaps if you pictured it on a different background besides bland white it would be more striking.

carol
Vote: Thumbs up!

Beautiful and functional.

Jennifer
Vote: Thumbs up!

Lovely! Uncommon Goods offers a lot of things like this, but the wood finish and the design is just, well, lovely. :) I would not buy one on its own, I would only buy them as a set, because they complement each other so well. And (aside from myself) I know many many people who would love to have a set serving boards like this.

Lois
Vote: Thumbs up!

I love wood.

Jennifer
Vote: Thumbs up!

I like the look of these cutting boards. They may be difficult to store unless you hang them up as a decoration as well.

Dusty
Vote: Thumbs up!

I'd hang this on my wall

Kristin
Vote: Thumbs down!

They make the craftsmanship sound appealing, for sure, but it doesn't seem that unique and it makes me think it would be quite pricey. Also, it's live or die by the dishwasher in our house, so this one gets the boot!

KATHY
Vote: Thumbs up!

LIKE THE CURVES!!!

kristen
Vote: Thumbs up!

I love the natural grain of the wood as a backdrop to the fruits and cheese!

Sarah
Vote: Thumbs up!

Handmade!

Deborah
Vote: Thumbs up!

looks like a guitar pic

Elizabeth
Vote: Thumbs up!

Beautiful! Cutting boards are my weakness and I would love to have some of these for parties where I have cheese plates scattered about. They would also look fantastic hanging on my kitchen wall.

Rebecca
Vote: Thumbs up!

Very attractive!

Kathleen
Vote: Thumbs up!

I love the shape of these boards

Lisa
Vote: Thumbs down!

Yawn

Laura
Vote: Thumbs up!

Love this...It is a piece of art when not in use and a piece of genius when in use.....Using the thumb hole, it would be easy to pass this cheese plate in a crowd at a party..

Kathryn
Vote: Thumbs up!

These are absolutely beautiful and I wouldn't mind having them in my kitchen someday. I would be more inclined to buy them if they were cutting boards over serving boards.

Elisse
Vote: Thumbs up!

The Birdseye Maple is my favorite, and I love that it's handcrafted in the USA!

Nicole
Vote: Thumbs up!

These are beautiful! I love the shape of them.

Kendell
Vote: Thumbs up!

These are beautiful! I love the colors and the shape of them as well.

Susan
Vote: Thumbs up!

Very pretty! I particularly like that the boards can be hung for storage --easily accessible and attractive.

Dorothy
Vote: Thumbs up!

no more tears about separate boards for different food groups ... now it's artsy

Christine
Vote: Thumbs up!

A thing of beauty and utilitarian at the same time! Oh, can't forget made in the USA to boot!

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

Hi, Kathryn. You can use these for cutting as well as serving. They are completely food safe. Thanks for the comment!

Carly
Vote: Thumbs up!

love the dark colored one

Mary
Vote: Thumbs up!

They are different and would be a great conversation piece while you are eating.

Jamie
Vote: Thumbs down!

I wouldn't consider this an "Uncommon Good." Rather generic, and how many cheese boards can one person have?

Marta
Vote: Thumbs up!

I like them.

SW
Vote: Thumbs up!

Very aesthetically pleasing!

Kirsten
Vote: Thumbs up!

I love that these are created by a guitar maker. They do have the same sort of graceful symmetry of a musical instrument! I especially love the walnut board with the seam down the center, however they look best together, so they can be art when not in use. Just gorgeous craftsmanship!

Mary
Vote: Thumbs up!

They are both beautiful ways to serve. I prefer the dark wood.

Bobbi
Vote: Thumbs down!

Beautiful - but I feel like maybe I've seen something like this elsewhere - which defeats the purpose of being "uncommon."

Lauren
Vote: Thumbs up!

These are absolutely gorgeous. They look like giant guitar picks, which I thought was clever, since the woodworker used to craft guitars. I love that while hanging they look like natural wood art, but are completely functional and essential as well.

amanda
Vote: Thumbs up!

Very attractive shape. I would want to know if that type of wood is sustainably harvested though.

Chris
Vote: Thumbs up!

These are works of art. I love things that are functional and beautiful at the same time. The darker one reminds me of a guitar pick. Very cool.

Eugenie
Vote: Thumbs up!

I love wood objects. The birdseye maple is something that I would like to have in my home.

tara
Vote: Thumbs up!

Price would determine if I purchased

jaque
Vote: Thumbs up!

They look beautiful. Don't know about the practicality of it, though.

Jennifer
Vote: Thumbs up!

cute design and i like the colors

alena
Vote: Thumbs down!

Fantastic looking wood grains but honestly a wooden cutting board is just a wooden cutting board, I like the shape but it is not something that I would buy online. A cutting board isn't something that you put time or effort into finding it is something that you just go to the store and pick up not search online for.

Lynn
Vote: Thumbs up!

Very attractive shape

samantha
Vote: Thumbs up!

I like it but it looks more like an artist's easel or a guitar pic rather than a tear drop.

Karin
Vote: Thumbs up!

Functional and easy to leave out a kitchen decoration (not one you'd want to hide away)

Wendi
Vote: Thumbs up!

love that you can hang it and it shows nicely.

Jessica
Vote: Thumbs up!

These are an absolutely lovely demonstration of a master woodworker's ability. You simply want to reach out and touch the rounded edges. They provide an amazing sensory experience for everyone.

Phinon
Vote: Thumbs down!

It seems like items may not stay put on this board.

fred
Vote: Thumbs up!

Il like the dark wood... Useful for my French Cantal degustation....

pam
Vote: Thumbs up!

In response to your question, I love the contrasting woods together and would hope you offer them as a set! The feature I love most is the unique aspect of every individual piece of wood!! Gorgeous!

Brad
Vote: Thumbs up!

Very hip

danielle
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I don't usually get excited about serving baords, but these photos are making me hungry, so there must be something subliminal going on here with the design.

Kathleen
Vote: Thumbs up!

I realize cutting boards are pretty common (and probably don't belong here) but what if you made a little tweak to these and hot-branded them with a Fender or Dunlop design to look like a guitar pick?

neha
Vote: Thumbs up!

Neutral vote! not so great.

Lauren
Vote: Thumbs up!

L o v e the use of the negative space at the top of the platter. Possibly for the use of your thumb to thread though while serving! great idea!

Bridget
Vote: Thumbs up!

Beautiful! Love them.

Jess
Vote: Thumbs up!

would be great for parties! Love them

angie
Vote: Thumbs up!

gorgeous wood!!!! and love how they can be hung!

Allison
Vote: Thumbs up!

These look like giant fishing spinners. I love fishing, so these would be right up my alley! Beautiful woodgrain. These would likely grace my wall as well as be so functional.

Susan
Vote: Thumbs up!

Rustic, functiona, and whimsical giant guitar pick - what's not to love?

Mike
Vote: Thumbs up!

good for cheese n crackers or smoked salmon

Mike
Vote: Thumbs up!

good with cheese and crackers and smoked salmon

Jennifer
Vote: Thumbs down!

These are cute, but I don't have space to store serving stuff like this, especially if it isn't dishwashable.

celeste
Vote: Thumbs up!

useful

Arubagal
Vote: Thumbs up!

Very attractive. Looks like they can be hung when not being used - practical

Giselle
Vote: Thumbs up!

These are nice but not as unique as I expect from Uncommon Goods.

Megan
Vote: Thumbs up!

These are beautiful and they even look like they would look great on display on the wall when they're not in use. I always like the rustic quality of serving boards over serving dishes.

Carolyn
Vote: Thumbs up!

Gorgeous! So elegant...can't beat organic design inkwell-related natural materials.

Sharon
Vote: Thumbs down!

A serving board is a serving board is a serving board. Teardrop design is cute but so are many others.

Amy
Vote: Thumbs up!

Love made in USA, local artisan etc. Definitely offer as a set - and a statement about sustainable wood sourcing would be a great addition.

Susan

They have a very pleasing shape.

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