Blokken – Handcrafted Cutting board by Atelier Espenaer
Blokken Cutting board - Espenaer

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Cutting board


Would you like a piece in this style?

This work was created on a one-off basis and no copies will ever be made, but did you know you can commission an original bespoke piece in a similar style?



Mahogany, Meranti, Walnut, Honey locust, Elm, Cherry, Maple, Oak, Ash, Beech, and Linden.


  • Exceptional combination of 11 (!) fine hardwoods
  • Original and unique: only one of its kind
  • Entirely crafted by hand in Amsterdam

Blokken is a custom cutting board made for a client as part of our bespoke service. It is not available for purchase, but may serve as a model for a custom piece specially for you. Blokken means ‘blocks’ in Dutch and refers to the characteristic block pattern in this board.

Blokken has just eclipsed serving board Strepen Drie and has now the honor of being the most diverse piece of work in terms of materials we have ever made so far!

Unique and handcrafted 

Blokken is a unique and original individual piece, the only one of its kind. It was crafted on a one-off basis by hand using artisanal skills, techniques, and hand tools. No machinery was used in the crafting process.

Sustainable hardwoods

The serving board is composed of an astounding 11 (!) precious fine woods with an interesting history. The walnut and linden and were acquired from an old retired Amsterdam woodworker who specialized in quality wooden barometers, a craft that is now almost extinct. He used these fine woods for his masterpieces, but has recently ended his work due to old age and illness. We were happy to acquire his wood and give it a second life.

The honey locust is salvaged from a tree that once stood in our very own city, Amsterdam, in the Apollolaan to be more precise. The wood was acquired from Stadshout Amsterdam, a foundation dedicated to giving wood from logged Amsterdam trees a second life.

The mahogany, meranti, oak, maple, ash, elm, cherry, and beech were leftover pieces from other projects and our courses. As part of our commitment to minimize waste, we have given them a new life instead of disposing them.

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