Wood Be Mine

Hi there! Wood Be Mine specializes in a variety of custom engraved, sustainable, and hand crafted cutting boards, coasters, and bamboo gifts for you and yours.

My name is Lea and I own and operate Wood Be Mine from my home-based studio near Portland, Oregon. I am a graphic designer, woodworker, and a lover of natural and sustainable materials!

The roots of what would become Wood Be Mine began 4 years ago, when I spontaneously left my home in Hawaii to spend several weeks alone in France. What was supposed to be three weeks quickly became three years - I fell in love, went to graduate school, learned a love for crafting and handmade items, and married a handsome winemaker. Now, the two of us have settled in Oregon's wine country where we spend our days sipping, engraving, and feeling grateful. 

I have established relationships with several USA based woodworkers who use bamboo, olive wood, and acacia in their furniture and construction work. The "left over" materials from these larger projects are set aside and repurposed for me to be sanded, polished, and made into beautiful cutting boards, coasters, and serving boards. Each item is hand made sustainably right here in the US :)

What I love most about Wood Be Mine is creating new and inspired designs that are completely unique to you and your style. Please feel free to reach out to me with custom design ideas or requests, - that's what Wood Be Mine is all about! I can't wait to help you find the perfect gift for you and yours. Mahalo!

Caring for Your Cutting Board 

Mindful maintenance is key when you have a wooden butcher block, cutting board, or serving board. Improper storage, drastic changes in humidity, or an overnight soak in even the smallest of puddles can leave you with a board that’s warped, cracked, or otherwise damaged. Please be sure to store your products in cool, dry places, to wipe clean after every use, and treat your cutting board with mineral oil or butcher block conditioner as needed. 

► Condition
Once a month or if your board begins looking a little dry or dull, treat it with food-safe mineral oil or butcher block conditioner. Drizzle the surface with mineral oil and rub it in with a soft, dry cloth. The oil moisturizes the wood, helps to avoid splitting, and gives the bamboo that lovely burnished look. I recommend "Howard Butcher Block Conditioner", which is a food grade blend of mineral oil and natural waxes. 

► Wash
Wipe your cutting board clean after each use. When needed, gently wash the surface with warm, soapy water. Be sure to dry the cutting board after each wash or prop them up in a cool, dry place to avoid warpage or trapped moisture. 

► Disinfect
If you use your bamboo boards for meats, it's important to disinfect them after each use. Dissolve one part vinegar in five parts water, and use a sponge to scrub down the board. Rinse and dry as usual. Keep in mind that it's just good practice to reserve one board entirely for meats. You'd hate to cross-contaminate your vegetables (especially if you eat them raw). 

► Remove Stains and Odors
From time to time, you may notice vegetable stains setting into the board, which is not a health hazard but can ruin the beauty of the bamboo. To get rid of stains, scrub some coarse salt over the surface of the board with a sponge, then rinse and dry. Odors can also ingrain themselves in the bamboo, which you can resolve by rubbing a paste of baking soda and water over the board before rinsing and drying. 

► To see more more photos of my products and some of the beautiful custom orders I've done, check out @woodbemine on Instagram! http://instagram.com/woodbemine/

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