The Story

A cutting board with a story

The Stadsplank is a cutting board, bread board or tapas board, made from a felled city tree. The tree grew along a street, in a park or in a plaza in your area. The tree has given you years of shade and clean air. While it would normally be turned into wood chips for a forest path or simply smoke from a furnace, this old tree is now given a new life, namely in the form of our cutting boards!

Each cutting board is engraved with the tree’s exact location and species name in memory of the tree that this cutting board once was. Via a QR code on the cutting board you can find more information and the exact location where the tree once stood.

Limited and handmade

There are only a limited number of trees of which the origin is known. This means that we can only produce a limited edition of cutting boards each time. Since each tree is different, each board is unique. 
On average from one trunk we can make between 50 and 100 cutting boards. This margin is determined by the quality of the wood. We don’t know if the wood is good enough until we have cut the trunk.

A city tree has a hard life, and thus the wood often grows very irregularly and the trunk often has a lot of knots. Therefore, the cutting boards are colourful and very diverse with wild grain patterns. The cutting boards are handmade in our workshop in Amsterdam West. Every piece of raw wood is inspected and, after they are sorted and trimmed, they are made the proper thickness, cut to length, sanded, milled, drilled and polished until it is a beautifully finished cutting board.

The Makers

Every city resident can have a keepsake made out of the wood from his own neighborhood, which is given a second life in the kitchen. Isn’t that beautiful? It is sustainable reuse of material that is already available in the city. It is amazing to be able to work with wood that holds meaning for so many people.

Since we began making these cutting boards we have realized how important the city’s trees are to the residents of the city. It makes us feel connected to the city and its residents.

Harm and Tom

Stadshout (City Wood)
Our cutting boards are made from felled city trees. The rough wood from these trees in Amsterdam comes largely from the Stichting Stadshout (City Wood Foundation). The purpose of this foundation is the preservation of the wood of felled city trees. Unfortunately, 80% of these trees usually disappear into the shredder. 

Because Stadshout wood is used in construction projects and furniture, the city trees are given a second life. With our cutting boards we support the principle of a ‘circular city’, a city where we use our resources, energy and waste in a smarter and more efficient manner.

Handmade

Every cutting board is handmade in the city of origin. They are sawn, milled, drilled, sanded, polished, engraved, checked again and then the labels are attached. Each board must be handled by someone 8 times before it is finished.

Life Cycle

A city tree usually lives for 40 to 60 years. Some trees live to be 200 years old but they are usually in indoor gardens or parks. A city tree has suffered a lot from the hustle and bustle of city life. For example, there is often too little clean air, too much shade, sewer pipe work, damages and disturbed ground. This can be seen in its often inconsistent structure, numerous knots, and even visible pieces of iron (nails).

Cities
Currently, our cutting boards only come from Amsterdam, but we are also working on expanding to Arnhem, Utrecht and Rotterdam. We’ll keep you informed via facebook.com/stadsplank.
Local
We want the wood for the cutting boards to be processed only by local craftsmen. Thus the wood from the different cities remains in its own city.
Durable

Currently, 80% of all the wood from the city’s trees disappears into the chipper, to be used for biomass or wood chips or sold as firewood. This is unfortunate because the wood is perfectly suitable for a second life. And this reuse suddenly brings all kinds of stories and history along with it.

 

Quantities
How many trees are actually felled in a city? In Amsterdam, for example, about 300,000 avenue and street trees are registered. Approximately 3% of these are cut down every year due to old age, redevelopment or storm damage. That is 9000 trees per year, 750 per month and 26 trees per day. For each tree that is cut down a new one is planted.
Suitable wood

A cutting board must be very hard and therefore not all woods are suitable. We prefer to use wood from elm, plane, maple, oak, ash or beech trees.

Maintenance

To ensure that your cutting board stays beautiful, it is wise to oil the board well with a thin oil. We recommend using grape seed oil. Do this every 3 weeks to ensure the board has a long life. 
A few things you should not do with the cutting board: soak it for a long time in water, wash it in the dishwasher or heat only one side of it.