There's a Cool Trick to How These Serving Boards Get Their Color

You've got to see it for yourself.

It's something you probably use all the time and never really think twice about: a serving board. They're practical, they're pretty, they're a great display for a cheeseboard or charcuterie platter—but what really goes into making them? One thing's for sure—once you see the craftsmanship behind making one, you'll never look at the humble board the same way again.

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Brad Holland

At least, that was the case when House Beautiful visited Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. (or BCMT for short) in Kingston, NY. Our cinematographer, Brad Holland, was there to film the floating block table—but wound up seeing a few of the artisans working on the brand's Blackline serving boards and was transfixed. The shaping, the sanding, the edging—there was a level of care in each piece he'd never considered before.

The Blackline collection comes in four sizes—a 16-inch long rectangular board, a 20-incher, a paddleboard and a round board—and that rich, dark color doesn't come from paint. That's the secret: It's actually a special dye the BCMT crew uses, which reacts with the tannic acid in the white oak. The natural dye is food-safe, and it'll wear over time, giving the board a worn patina. (Their website does warn that leaving tart berries and citrus on the board for a long time can affect its finish, so if you buy one, watch out for that!)

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Brad Holland

These boards take time to make, and as a result, they're pricier than what you'd find at a big box retailer: Prices range from $175-$275. You can purchase them through BCMT at Blackcreekmt.com.

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