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Make a charcuterie board or a cutting board shaped like a pig, a leaf or whatever catches your imagination.
This class is designed to introduce beginners to the joys of working with wood, although experienced woodworkers are also welcome. You will learn to use a band saw and various sanding tools, plus perhaps a drill press and a scroll saw, depending on the design you choose.
You will cut your design from a single board, not glued-together strips of wood. Strip-style cutting boards stay flatter and therefore are better for heavy-duty food preparation. But the boards made in this class are simpler and quicker to make.
Your board will make a marvelous gift — if you don't decide to keep it for your own kitchen for serving cheese, bread, or a charcuterie array.
Tip: You might also want to sign up for a Kitchen Arts class, Get on Board with Charcuterie, on Dec. 12. Learn how to create a meal for two (or appetizers for four) on the board you make in this class.