My Dad has been up to his usual clever selfie, making new things in his cozy shop: cool, useful, smooth and lovely new things: wooden Colonial butter knives.
He makes it look easy, but this is not a casual process.
First, he brings in a prototype for Mom. He watches her as she uses it for a day or two, and he listens if she offers suggestions on how he might make it better. Back to the drawing board (and the saw, and the sander) he goes, and after a bit more tinkering, he may venture to hand a second prototype to her, and also, maybe, to a friend or relation.
Again, he listens as these folks offer suggestions, and he may go back to his shop a third time. Sometimes, a fourth. Finally he will emerge, sawdust in his eyebrows and a happy smile on his face.
C’est fini, he might say, if he were French. But he’s not. So “how’s this?” he’ll ask.
“It’s perfect,” everybody says. “I want one,” everybody else says. “Nice stocking stuffer,” somebody saucy quips, with a lifting of the eyebrow and an ornery smile. Okay, that last one was me.
So what will you do with this information?
I’ll tell you what.
You have folks you love on your Christmas gift list, but you’re not entirely sure what you’ll give them for Christmas this year. Buy a few of these knives, pull out some pretty gift bags, a few jars of homemade (or otherwise) jelly or other tasty spreads, and make gift bags. A bit of tissue paper, natch’ is a welcome addition. You could always add a nice homemade loaf of bread and a roll of Very Nice Butter, and voila! Your friend/acquaintance/relation will love you for it.
It’s the perfect gift: most of it is consumable and delicious, and Dad’s colonial butter knives are beautiful and take up very little space. And no two are alike. And they’ll last forever.
Plus, they add an air of class, refinement, and mystery to your kitchen. Trust me. We use one every day, and it has done that for us.
Who doesn’t love butter and jam, and a pretty new knife to spread it with?
Nobody, that’s who.
Order one today! Dad has a limit on how many he can make in time to get them shipped out for Christmas, so don’t delay! (And we are only accepting U.S. orders right now.)
Dad is making his new knives in two woods at this time:
$8.00 plus $3.00 shipping and handling
and some rare Brazilian Rosewood* (the very dark wood in the photos; see note at the end)
$10.00 plus $3.00 shipping and handling
That’s all for now!
Please note: for bulk orders, please email me at [email protected] and I’ll figure a discount on shipping for you.
*About the Brazilian Rosewood: this rare wood is virtually impossible to source now. Surprisingly (since my dad is crazy about woods) Dad failed to notice a little pile of wood in the rafters of his garage, for twenty years. One day this fall, he pulled it down, blew the dust off of it, and to his astonishment, identified it to be Brazilian rosewood, a very dark, beautiful and rare wood.