With Thanksgiving just 15 days away (yes, 15!), I wanted to show my thanks to MKES readers with a chance to win a hand-crafted oak cutting board with maple and walnut inlays.

But before I get to the giveaway, I wanted to share a share a few details about what makes these cutting boards so special.

The boards started as a way to recycle scraps leftover from Ralph Teets’ woodworking business based in Girard, Ohio. After crafting furniture, cabinets, and clocks, Teets often had ends leftover that he just couldn’t bear to throw away. Instead, he started making cutting boards as gifts for friends and with his wife Joanne’s encouragement he started selling them online at Cutting Board Art and at craft shows.

A good, hardwood cutting board, explained Teets, can be something for you to pass down to your kids–and grandkids. Like cast iron cookware, if you take care of hardwood, it lasts. And lasts.

Here are Teets’ suggestions for keeping your cutting boards in tip-top shape:

Don’t put the board in the dishwasher. Ditto with submerging it, or soaking it, in water.

Do go ahead and rinse the board with water and a mild antibacterial soap to clean.

Don’t use the board in a microwave or oven.

Do condition the board with butcher block oil.

It’s simple to enter, just leave a comment here explaining your favorite holiday fixin’ for your chance to win the Linear Cutting Board pictured above.

The giveaway winner will be chosen at random from all entries received before 9p.m. EST next Wednesday, November 16th. I’ll announce the winner the following day, November 17th. (Only open to residents in the continental United States.)

*Just a note: Cutting Board Art provided a review cutting board to MKES along with one to giveaway to a reader. Thanks.

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