Friday, September 11, 2009

Style: Irresistible Wood Creations

Summer in Chicago brings with it a season of free outdoor concerts, farmer’s markets, and art fairs. There are several art shows that I attend every year in search of new artisans and unique finds. This year, I was fortunate to run into Sweitzer and Sweitzer, a father and son team who make exquisite shaker-inspired furniture. They specialize in custom tables, benches, and rockers—each piece warm, rich, and amazing.

Beyond furniture, what really caught my eye were their uniquely lovely cutting boards. Sweitzer and Sweitzer boards are made with a variety of midwestern woods, creating a beautiful, striped effect. Unlike most cutting boards that are made of a single wood, the utilization of several wood types enhances the color and distinctiveness of each piece. Boards and serving trays are available in different sizes and can be custom ordered to meet an individual’s personal requirements.

After purchasing a board for myself and a couple others as gifts, the father, Charlie, sat down to explain the different woods that made each of my purchases a one-of-a-kind. He had a glimmer in eye as he ran his hand over the wood and I understood why his work is so beautifully crafted—he and his son love what they do and it shows. Details:

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