At a glance: Linwood is a line of gorgeous handcrafted wooden cutting boards and serving pieces.
Who’s behind the brand? Lin Babb has been creating wood carvings for over 50 years, though it was only recently that his daughter Mattie suggested that they team up and turn his pastime into a formal business. Each and every Linwood piece is hand-carved by Lin, while Mattie runs the business end of things. We love small family business stories like these!
What do they do? Linwood makes hand-carved wooden cutting boards, serving pieces (cheese boards, shallow bowls, etc) and the odd spreading knife as well. But to say that makes each piece sound rather mundane, when that could not be further from the truth. Every Linwood piece is unique, and dictated as much by the original piece of wood itself as by the designer and craftsman Lin. Each knot and change in grain helps determine the final shape of the pieces, resulting in organic and unusual forms and features rather than your standard rectangular cutting boards. The wood is carved and then put through a process of sanding, wetting, and sanding again, multiple times over, in order to assure that the finish is as smooth as possible and will stay that way for ages. These pieces are designed to last through generations, and while Linwood doesn’t have a lifetime guarantee per se, they do have an amazing policy on customer satisfaction where they will repair or replace items even after use if you’re not satisfied. They also do custom pieces, which can even include an intricate carving on the back, and if you like they will supply you with photos of the whole process, from tree to board. Check out this wonderful video to see more about Lin and his process.
What materials do they use? Well, wood, obviously, and all different kinds, including cherry, alder, black walnut, tiger maple, burnt maple (to get a rich and aged-looking black finish), and occasionally cyprus. The boards are finished with food-safe oils and finally coated with a wax that locks it all in.
Where are they based? They are based out of their country home and workshop in a tiny town called Central, just outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Editors’ favorites from the line? Each piece is so beautiful and unique because they’re all in essence designed in harmony with the original wood board itself, so it’s hard to recommend any particular piece. That said, the tiger maple cutting boards are so lustrous they seem to glow from within, and we love the cherry wood boards with the little concave areas carved out of them, either for serving food or separating cut pieces. We also are madly in love with the long concave cyprus wood cracker trays - it’s got to be the most luxurious way to serve crackers ever seen!
Where can I get the goods? On their website.