Cutting boards are no longer just for slicing up fruits and veggies. With skilled makers who take an artisanal approach, they’re beautiful enough to bring right to the table as part of a presentation. And when not serving a utilitarian purpose, the boards can be proudly displayed — mounted on a wall or simply propped on a counter.
A prime example is the work of Oakland’s Dave Ball, who operates under the moniker Jacob May (www.jacob-may.com). Ball has been making his boards for several years, dating back to when he was an apprentice at a Brooklyn furniture studio. After hours, he would take scraps from furniture projects and fabricate cutting boards, which sold well at craft fairs and among his friends.