We just got a tip from a reader on these extra-tall cutting board surfaces for really, really tall cooks. Too-low countertops are a problem in the kitchen for tall cooks; remember how Julia Child herself had her countertops raised up a few inches? Well, this is an alternative for tall cooks; read on to see the inspiration for these "Colleen-ified" cutting boards!
These cutting boards come from AWP Butcher Block, and they were inspired in large part by Colleen of the blog 6 Foot Six. Colleen is very, very tall, and she has a lot of hilarious posts (and videos) showing how many things in her life just don't fit her properly. The kitchen countertop is definitely one of these things!
Steve, the reader who sent us this tip, says that the standard kitchen counter height is 36" in the United States, and this is a height that is ergonomically correct for a 5'4" to 5'5" cook. Bending over is painful and not healthy for really tall cooks, but even though about 40% of the adult male and 1.5% of the adult female population is over 5'10, there weren't any options other custom-built countertops (like Julia's). This obviously isn't practical for most tall cooks, so Steve and Colleen found a shop that could build small raised cutting boards for them. He says that they have been total successes for them both!
Colleen got one of the extra-tall chopping blocks from AWP. One comes in a six-inch tall edition, while the other (for really tall people!) has 13-inch risers.
• How To Measure Yourself for a Colleenified Countertop at 6 Foot Six
• Find it: Tall Cutting Boards at AWP Butcher Block
Are you extra tall? Would you like an extra-tall cutting board? I am extra-short, so I can't see myself using one of these — but I do identify with the sentiment! I'd love to lower my countertops!
Related: Product Review: Boos Block Cutting Board
(Images: 6 Foot Six; AWP)