View Full Version : A visit to The Boardsmith

03-27-2017, 11:05 AM
I recently came into the market for a new cutting board for my birthday. I have drooled over Boardsmith boards for many months and knew that if I ever upgraded my board that I would get it from him. I noticed that his shop was in Dallas, which is in my area. So last week I gave John a call and left a voicemail asking him if he had any large boards available and if I could come by on Saturday and pick something out. He calls me back later that day and says he has a couple options available and will send me some photos of what he has almost finished.

The next day I get a call and email saying he has two 18"x24" boards ready for completion by Saturday; a Maple second and a Cherry first. The Cherry looks great, so that is the one I choose immediately. John does not have a store front, and despite being quite busy on Saturday, carves out some time to meet at his shop Saturday afternoon to give my wife and I a quick tour and allow me to pick up my new cutting board. Also on the bench was a HUGE custom end grain Walnut top that was 5" thick and about 3ft x 4ft for a custom butcher block cart. Very impressive to behold and made me envious to be sure.

Unfortunately, in the heat of the moment I did not get any photos to commemorate the experience, but I do have some photos of my new end grain Cherry. It was truly a pleasure to meet John and he is a true artisan woodworker. The quality of his work is exceptional. He also offers custom woodworking and furniture, which is his true passion. John offers excellent customer service, was very responsive to calls, and altered his schedule to accommodate my visit on short notice. He is a great guy and if I ever need another board, it will be a Boardsmith. Although this one is built to last a century or more.

Here are a couple photos. It is a large board, but I LOVE the amount of cutting space I have now. Its slightly longer and much wider than what I was using, also does not have that annoying perimeter groove that traps food and is hard to clean.

A big Thank You to John for letting me come out an see the shop and for putting the extra time into completing the Cherry board for me. I love it!

Forgecraft 10" chef knife for scale.
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03-27-2017, 12:03 PM
Really nice looking board, congrats!


03-27-2017, 12:15 PM
Nice board! And great service by John.

03-27-2017, 04:05 PM
I have Boardsmith too. WAY better than anything I have ever tried (Boos, JK, etc). Great stuff

03-27-2017, 07:21 PM
Great to hear the boardsmith name still holds value! I don't have any from John, but still loving the ones I have from David.

03-27-2017, 07:26 PM
Why'd you get the small one? :biggrin:

03-28-2017, 08:09 AM
Ok...how much does that monster weigh?

03-28-2017, 09:02 AM
Thanks everyone. It is an excellent quality product. Highly recommended if you want the best cutting board available.

I ended up with the "small" one due to budget constraints. The medium sized 24" x 36" was very tempting :hungry:, but out of reach at this time. I think my ideal size would be about 6" wider than the one I got, but I'm plenty happy with the size of this one :doublethumbsup:.

Weight is about 20 lbs give or take. Its got some weight, but with feet, it is easy to pick up and move around.

John Loftis
03-29-2017, 11:26 AM
Thanks SO much for the kind words!! The day before KitchenCommander arrived, we shipped orders to the Netherlands, Canada, and 6-8 states in the CONUS. So it was really a rare treat to get to meet a customer in person, show them the shop, and talk for a while. And the fact that they drove 2-3 hours just to meet us means so much. I definitely don't take that lightly!

03-29-2017, 01:30 PM
As someone who has a board from when David was running the shop, it's nice to hear that the quality is still great..

All the best,


03-29-2017, 01:52 PM
Shoot, John, looks like you're in my hometown. Now I've got to find a way to visit sometime :O

John Loftis
03-29-2017, 09:57 PM
Shoot, John, looks like you're in my hometown. Now I've got to find a way to visit sometime :O

Any time!

04-10-2017, 10:31 AM
Wow...fantastic! Love my simple maple board from BS, but that one is impressive! Enjoy!