Tired of "cheap, plastic, mass-produced junk", the dude behind Prairie Oak Studios initially set out to create a set of building blocks for his infant son that would last for generations, then probably realized nobody would be around to use them if they all starved to death, and began making cutting boards! And while you might be able to locate intricate chopping blocks elsewhere, few of them will sport images culled from video games and "Internet culture"... which they're still very much a part of, considering that's where they're sold. Behold:
8-Bit Series: Considered a "personal indulgence", carefully arranged squares of purpleheart, bloodwood, yellowheart, and Bolivian rosewood are used to create likenesses of Mario and Nyan Cat, with future plans including a Zelda number, and the addition of a playback device to Nyan Cat that'll crank out its theme song, perhaps unwise considering everyone using it will already be holding a knife.
The Regs: More Father's Day-appropriate fare runs from a special 12"x18" walnut serving board coated in a proprietary blend of oils, waxes, and "board conditioner", to a maple/walnut station elevated just enough to allow you to transfer your chopped ingredients "without making a mess", though if you're feeding anyone who still uses building blocks, there's gonna be a mess somewhere down the road.
Published: May 16, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
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