"We were founded in 2001 when I began collecting scraps of wood left over from various contracting projects and using them to create creative presentation platters. That was the first step towards A Cut Above. Soon I began laboring over more and more cutting boards, each one increasing in creativity and complexity. Most of my boards now incorporate “repurposed / recycled” hardwoods as well as numerous exotic species. From there, my passion for woodworking spread to the rest of the family."
"I never thought that I would be spending so much time in a woodshop! But I began to watch the amazing process of turning on a lathe and became inspired. Pieces of wood left-over from the process of making boards are the basis for the bottle stoppers, knife handles, candle holders, and vases that I make. I’m known for pulling pieces of wood before they get burned in our woodstove to find the beauty in natural wood products. I am constantly amazed by the way different woods look together and how I can create a curved and smooth object from a block of wood."
"Hi! I currently am studying and expanding my horizons at Vassar College, where I am exploring biology and earth science. I am fascinated by rocks and mushrooms, which my family can attest to because I am easily distracted when outside and am prone to spout random facts. I also occasionally dabble in woodworking and have been known to make wooden puzzles and pens. I am also the go-to board oiler, applying several coats of mineral oil to the myriad of cutting boards my dad produces."
"I am a passionate maker, and have always enjoyed the creativity, utility, and beauty that wood provides. My fascination with this craft began in 2011 when I took an interest in turning wooden pens. Soon, I became more drawn to my father's wood shop as I learned of the endless possibilities that the space offered. I spent a good portion of my free time watching videos of other woodworkers, gaining new knowledge and building a reservoir of project ideas. While attending Brown University I worked for 4 years in the Brown Design Workshop, a student-run makerspace that allowed me to explore all manner of materials and techniques such as metalworking, 3D printing, and laser cutting. Most of my skill is self-taught, and I am always finding new ways to grow as a craftsman.
I'm not sure what my next step is, or where my path will take me. All I know is that if I'm making, I'm happy. Check out my woodworking projects at https://davidstrout.wixsite.com/woodworking"