- Location: online only
- Website: blackcreekmt.com/index.html
- Founded: Kingston, New York
The Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co is all about wood—not surprising considering its founder is Josh Vogel, the man behind "woody American design" company BDDW. But instead of crafting furniture, Blackcreek Mercantile (which is based in Kingston, New York) focuses on small goods for the kitchen, most notably wooden spoons, cutting boards, and their proprietary-blend cutting board and knife oils.
Both the cutting board ($35) and the knife and blade ($30) oils are made with mineral oil strengthened with bee proprolis. As Vogel explains to Cool Hunting, "Propolis is a naturally occurring sealant, used by bees to seal their hives and protect against intruders. It is a lot like shellac, another bug-produced sealant, but propolis is 100% edible, making it great for coating things like cutting boards."
The oils come in either rosemary or lemon essence, and can be purchased through Blackcreek's website and at Williams-Sonoma.
The oils aren't cheap. We wish we understood why they're so expensive, especially considering the relatively basic ingredients. The bottle design is lovely, though.
The cutting boards are made in small batches from sustainably harvested domestic hardwoods, and each one is cut from a single piece of wood. Prices range from $100 to $225.
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(Images: Seth Smoot Photography for Blackcreek Mercantile)