Koru Cutting Board
Koru is Māori for "loop" or coil. It is based on an unfurling fern, a common motive for traditional wooden carvings and tattoos. Said to represent growth, the inward spiral characterizing a return to a central point.
I made this cutting board as a late birthday gift for my Mom.
A koru in the Azores.
Dimensions: 297 x 232 x 50 mm
(W x D x H)
Material: End grain walnut, Brass
Weight: 3 kg
Finish: Mineral oil / beeswax
How I made it
I started off by chopping 37 x 37 mm walnut into 40 mm long pieces.
Then I had to figure out how the pattern should be.
This is the final pattern I decided on.
I glued the pieces together.
Then took it over to the CNC.
First I faced both sides flat.
Then I roughed out the pattern.
This is how the cutting board looks after roughing.
Then I did a final finishing pass.
The best part — oiling the board.
I use a mix of food-grade mineral oil and beeswax
The final result
You can find a model of the cutting board below. You should also be able to see the cam operations.
Tools I used
Not that much to say. The board is a simple wood working project.
While it would be possible to make the board with only hand tools it would have been much harder.
Things I learnt
CAD / ART
The board combines traditional solid modeling with aesthetic elements.
End grain cutting boards
This is the first end grain cutting board I made.