These Are the Cutting Boards You Want
Dad was a doctor. So were the uncles.
A self-described science nerd who majored in physics and biochemistry, he had the money saved to go to med school, but the siren song of doctoring fell on deaf ears.
Instead, it was the wood that sang to him when at age six when he took his first hammer whacks at a piece of oak.
Years later, Matthew Harper is still at it. Instead of hammering, he’s using lasers, state-of-the-art saws and very select cuts of hardwoods to create the handcrafted – and heavy – cutting and serving boards he makes at his company, Cotton and Dust Products of West Texas.
Settled in Crosbyton, Texas, a drive-through town of 1,900 people in the West Texas plains, Cotton and Dust builds 12 to 20 cutting boards per day.
Each one is made from hand-inspected hard maple that is sourced from eastern North America and gonçalo alves, a South American hardwood that Harper says is the world’s second hardest wood.
After an order is placed that’s when the board goes into production. Turn-around time is about two weeks.
Some of his cutting boards, like The Full House, weigh up to 40 pounds and are three inches thick, an ideal prep and cutting platform for outdoor kitchens.
“I build the last cutting board you’ll ever buy,” said Harper. “You’re stuck with us.”
And he means that in a til-death-do-us-part-and-you-pass-the-board-to-your-kids kind of way.
He’s so serious about the cutting boards lasting beyond you that he offers a lifetime reconditioning guarantee.
Harper said you simply send the board back to Cotton and Dust every year and it will be returned looking “like the day you got it.” The company picks up all of the shipping charges.
So go ahead give these boards the business. Work them hard. Carve up your favorite beef roast fresh off the grill. Slice up that brisket or shred that pork shoulder. You beat up the board, he’ll make it pretty again.
“We live in an age of throwaway goods and services,” he said. “We refuse to accept that notion here.”
The doctor – of wood – is in and he’s taking new “patients.” Learn more about Cotton and Dust Products of West Texas.