My 2013 Idea for the Shows

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Project by ellen35 posted 05-22-2013 08:26 PM 2732 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Each year I try to come up with something new for the 4 Artisan’s Fairs that we do from Memorial Day to Christmas. Last year’s entry was a bust (but who knows, it may sell this year!). I have been thinking about all the entertaining that people on Cape Cod do (whether we want to or not!) and what might be useful AND practical and reasonably priced. These cheese and crackers boards were inspired by a trip to Pier One. I just love their bright white dishes and saw these square ones and had to use them in something. The boards are about 13×7” and each contains a slight indentation and frame that stabilizes the dish. I really like the offset dish that stands proud of the board. It is a simple design that depends on the wood to make it pop. I used curly maple with a wenge and a purpleheart stripe and wenge frame on one and zebrawood and purpleheart for the other. I also have 2 more… one that is cherry with 3 narrow purpleheart stripes and one that is walnut with a torquoise inlay in the knot and oak framing. Those are not quite finished yet…but they will be finished for this weekend’s fair.

The cheese and crackers you see are made of yellowheart (cheese) and walnut heartwood (crackers). I did this for the people of this world who have no imagination! i figured if I demonstrated them, they would get the idea!!

I ended up finishing them with mineral oil. I’m not sure that is the best idea so I may try some wipe on food safe poly on the next run… if these sell! If not, I’ll be selling wooden cheese and crackers ;-)


-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 08:47 PM

these are really cool, i agree the white dish is a good idea, i should have know you would be the one ellen to start serving wooden food, i like fried chicken, when can you make me one…lol….really nice job here…good luck at the fair…bob

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 09:18 PM

you do come up with some elegant ideas ellen

both simple and useful

best to you at the coming shows

that cheese is a little tough for my teeth now
but when i get some choppers
should be able to go thru them
like a wood chipper

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 09:25 PM

Outstanding idea… love the raised lip…

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 09:38 PM

Cheese and Crackers! Well if that isn’t one of the most imaginative and ingenious things I’ve ever seen! The trays are beautiful Ellen. They’re eye-catching and attractive. Best wishes at your fairs.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 05-22-2013 09:45 PM

Great Idea!

Very clever…

I just finished a few Crackers & Peanut Butter.. then I see your Cheese & Crackers just now… a nice desert…
Looks GOOD!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 10:14 PM

Beautiful idea, Ellen! I love the “cheese” and “crackers” too! You are right that many people need visuals to get the idea. I think the props are excellent!

I hope you do well at your events. It is difficult to gauge what will go and what won’t. I think you have a great attitude and I do hope that these beautiful pieces are appreciated. They are awesome!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 11:02 PM

Looks great Ellen, they should sell well.

-- Kate,

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#8 posted 05-23-2013 12:02 AM

Looks nummy.
My imagination is just chomping on those crackers all smothered in cheese.

Looks really fine Ellen. I see them flying off the shelf.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 05-23-2013 12:33 AM

I bet your creative side has come up with a winner! Do you need a “do not eat” label on the cheese & crax like they put on the dessicant sachets you find in some packages?! :-)

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#10 posted 05-23-2013 12:45 AM

Yellowheart looks like a particularly Hard Cheddar!
Great Idea Ellen, I hope they’re a good mover at the Fairs!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 05-23-2013 12:56 AM

Great idea Ellen….also using the wood pieces…much better than the real food that would spoil.. I see you are using that brain of yours

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#12 posted 05-23-2013 10:32 AM

It all looks great! Wishing you good luck with your sales.

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#13 posted 05-23-2013 11:56 AM

Neat idea, Ellen!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 05-23-2013 12:41 PM

These are really nice, Ellen. I believe that you will do quite well with them. I certainly hope that you will.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 05-23-2013 01:47 PM

Great idea, Ellen, you sure have a creative way of thinking!
Like the “high fiber” cheese and crackers, too.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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