My name is Kerry Digges and I was born and raised in Mclean, Virginia, and at 53 years old, a Mom of 4, I’m still here! In early 2021, I began to make wood charcuterie boards. All from locally sourced wood in northern Virginia. My family is in the building industry and uses local trees for all the homes they build~ for flooring, beams, molding, etc. I found beautiful pieces of walnut and oak that were not being used. I thought, what gorgeous wood this would be for charcuterie/cheese boards! And that right there began my journey. I am the sole owner and employee. I have invested in a planer, a commercial sander, and all the treatments necessary. I truly love the craft!
Being a mom, this job is perfect for me. I can work on my own time. It also has pulled out the creativity in me, I didn’t know existed before.
All the boards are hand-made! I cut them to a particular size, planed them down, and sanded them to a fine 400 grit. Each board is treated with FOOD SAFE materials. I use only the best oils and waxes. The best I have found is BOOS oil/wax.
The boards are made from Cherry, Walnut, Maple, Ambrosia Maple, White, and Red Oak.
I sell my boards to a local butcher in town who has a gorgeous shop! The Organic Butcher.
I also sell to two local gift shops—Two the Moon and The Urban Farmhouse.
This is a true “Farm to Table” scenario—not that I work with food, but the trees come straight to our property from local tree companies or from our own property, trees that needed to come down. The tree goes through a sawmill that is on our property. Once the wood is milled, I get the pieces I need for my boards. Then those pieces come into my home, into a greenhouse we have converted into a makeshift “kiln” for the wood. All the wood must be in the greenhouse for nearly a year. The wood needs to dry out. Once a humidity meter reads about 7%, I know the wood has dried out and is ready for work!