Jerome Milks

From Tree to Table… crafting artisan serving and cutting boards for discerning kitchens and spirited tables.
I start with local hardwoods that have been sustainably harvested from around the Champlain Valley. This broad and scenic area features some of the most beautiful landscape in the country, flush with mountains, streams, lakes, meadows and expansive forests. Many Vermonters feel that it is the fresh air and clean water in these mountain and valley settings that give our trees a unique spirit and unabashed character and provide some amazing lumber with which to work.
Once the trees have been logged they are trucked to a local lumber yard — a family-run operation that has been in business for better than a century. After it is sawed, sorted and kiln dried, I sort through their racks and bundles for pieces with unique figure and grain patterns. This character wood, with its quirky nature, provides boards with incredible natural coloring and visually textured patterns. While more challenging to work with than its straight grained counterparts, this wood provides exceptional one-of-a-kind pieces. When designing and crafting the boards I adhere to the concepts of simplicity, function, and aesthetics and work with each piece until there is nothing left to take away. The results are cutting boards with calm and peaceful presences which will provide years of service with minimal care. Each board is finished with several hand-rubbed coatings of mineral oil and bee’s wax which provides for a food safe surface and one which is silky smooth and feels good to the touch. Each finished piece is intended to be elegant, functional, and appealing.
I am also a landscape/nature photographer and display photo prints and cards at the Gallery as well. I am particularly attracted to extraordinary lighting conditions and unique situations that result in memorable photographic images that remind folks of the incredible natural beauty that lies on the other side of our windows.