6 Great Charcuterie Boards Made in Maine

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By Adrian Perron
Photographed by Danielle Sykes
Excerpt from our February 2022 issue

1. by Justin Upton Heartwood designs bears the name of his two passions: woodworking and the human heart. Exotic and colorful woods like purple heart and padauk are the cornerstone of the Dedham-based cardiac ultrasound panels. He will spend over an hour rearranging different species and colors of wood into a pattern before gluing the pieces together. Striped plank in walnut, maple, cherry, wenge and padouk, $125.


2. Mary Zambello and Will Folsom of Windham’s Maine Co recovery., let the natural beauty of the wood, sustainably harvested primarily in Maine and New Hampshire, speak for itself. Zambello draws the spruce pattern freehand using a scroll saw, so no two boards are the same. “They are unique, like trees in the forest,” she says. Maine walnut and spruce board with handle, $85.

Maine Co. Reclaimed Walnut Maine Spruce Board with Handle

3. To finish his charcuterie boards, Russ Nigro does not sand them. Instead, Bernard’s carpenter uses a board scraper, which has a varnish effect that enhances the color of a board and brings out a luster in the finish. But his Bosco Nigro the boards are not perfect – he draws each without a template, simply observing the shape. “If it’s too perfect, it looks like it was made by a machine,” he says. Small round board with handle, $125.

Bosco Nigro small round board with handle

4. Jen Holsten took her first carpentry course at Rockport’s Furniture Craft Center in 2002, during his 22 years as head coach of the Colby College women’s soccer team. Now the Peaks Island resident has her own cutting board and serving business, Bear Isle Board Company. She channels her love of sea glass into the shape and texture of her boards, which are rounded at the edges and soft to the touch. Meat grinder-shaped board, $128.

Bear Isle Board Company Meat Cleaver Board

5. After his workshop was destroyed by fire in 2020, Bruce Graybill, from Sider woodworking, was unsure how his business would recover. Then, last February, he posted a TikTok video of himself pouring epoxy to create a river-like design on his friend’s floor. Forty-eight hours and five million views later, everything on his website had sold out. Today, the Brewer-based company has more than 150,000 TikTok followers who watch the charismatic and talented Graybill cut, smooth and assemble cutting boards, serving boards and furniture. Rectangular birch board, $113.

Sider's Woodcrafting Cherry Rectangular Charcuterie Board

6. Peggy Farrington Youtube channel, Woodturning PF, has nearly 25,000 subscribers who love watching Farrington turn logs into bowls and more. Although serving trays are not made by turning, Scarborough-based Farrington uses scrap wood from other projects to make boards, like this one in maple, using inlaid resin to put in highlight flaws in the wood instead of discarding imperfect pieces. Honeycomb serving tray with matte black handles, $215.

    PF Woodturning Honeycomb Serving Tray with Matte Black Handles

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