I have collected Native art for at least 20 years or more and recently starting adding more of my collection back into my decor.
My 14-year-old daughter, Evie, and I went to Cherokee to buy falsa blankets, and I literally gasped when we walked into Saunook's Mill and saw these hand-made boards.
I also gasped when I saw the prices, as they are not cheap, and understandably so.
So, I did not get one, but Evie indicated she wanted to buy one for my birthday and mentioned to my husband that she needed a ride to Cherokee so they could get it for me:-) Of course, I would not let her spend that much on something for me.
So we went back together last week, so I could pick one out to buy for myself:-)
These are made locally by Cherokee artist, Ken Smith, and are breathtakingly beautiful. I have *never* seen cutting/cheese/bread boards like this anywhere online or in a store. I don't even collect wood boards, but knew this would be a special piece for my collection and one to pass down to Evie, who also loves Cherokee culture and art.
I chose a large cutting board and decided to display it on my kitchen shelf.
Although they are made to use, there is no way I'll be using this.
I also picked out a beautiful piece of Navajo-made pottery to add to my collection.
I could not be happier with this special early birthday gift. Luis and I do not buy gifts for each other for birthdays, etc., but will occasionally pick out something practical we need, so this was a nice gesture from my sweet daughter who loves this culture and heritage as much as I do.
I do not have contact info for the artist, but anyone interested in getting one of these boards can contact Saunook Mill at (828) 497-9879.
I'll be joining: