I am a big believer in second chances and therefore pleased to have the opportunity to work with one of HM Prisons which offers educational courses in metalwork, painting and bricklaying etc to those that have paid their debt and are about to re-enter society.
Not only does this offer the opportunity to learn new skills but re-adjusts participants to the structure of regular employment and earning a wage.
One of the courses offered is in carpentry and woodworking and the men make the most wonderful products entirely by hand from English Oak - every one is unique and part of an individual's journey to a happier and more productive future.
As the boys are back in the workshops, I sent them a little challenge to stimulate their creative juices! I asked them to create a chopping board for a contemporary Architect, something modern and angular and they came up trumps with the design below!
I am delighted with the concept and think that they have produced something quite iconic. It looks great on my kitchen counter as it stands uptight on its own with the Shard-like apex pointed horizontally. A must for the contemporary kitchen I feel and, like the rest of the collection, it is realised in English oak. Well done boys - you have made me proud. They are working on a new Cheeseboard for me now that they have the bit between their teeth!
Long Edge 40cm Short Edge 32cm Width 30cm Depth 2.5cm
Handmade so sizes and shape will vary slightly.