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Brooklyn Butcher Blocks Woodenware

By: on July 30, 2014

Nils Wessell makes some pretty beastly butcher blocks. And cutting boards. And solid wood beer mugs. His is woodenware for Real Men. And also women who like sturdy, hand-crafted, masculine-yet-sleek mainstays for their kitchens.

A maker at heart, a Bard College arts grad, and a former apprentice of Cut Brooklyn knife maker Joel Bukiewicz, Wessell founded Brooklyn Butcher Blocks to fill a creative void, as well as to complement Bukiewicz's fine blade work with an equally fine surface on which to use them. His current collection includes a variety of solid wood wares made from the likes of walnut, maple, and cherry edge and end grains.

My favorite piece, the lumberjack, part Mad Men wooden beer mug ($70), combines a geometric aesthetic with "surprisingly ergonomic" handling. Mug interiors are treated with an FDA-approved epoxy so they can hold any room temperature or cold beverage deserving of the vessel. Additional pieces include the iBlock, a tablet-propping cutting board ($125) and The Mintzer, a beveled carving board designed for and named in honor of a frequent Brooklyn Butcher Block customer ($260).

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Vipukirves Leveraxe

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Honestly, the Vipukirves Leveraxe initially intrigued me because the guy holding it in one of the above photos is wearing black-and-white gloves that sort of make him look like he has a hook hand, and I thought perhaps...

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Termitat Termite Desktop Display

$125 - $150 from Termitat »

If I got a Termitat and displayed it on my desktop I guarantee you the first thing that would happen is my cat Zanzibar would figure out a way to knock it over and bust it open and let a bunch of Dampwood Termites loose...

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The Fusion Wallet

$82 - $99 from The Fusion Wallet »

Twenty-five-year-old Thomas Johnson fabricates his cool, modern industrial Fusion Wallet from 12 separate CNC-machined aluminum and hardwood components. Gee. I'm almost a decade older than Johnson and I can hardly fabricate...

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Secret Wood Rings

$90 - $180 from Secret Wood »

Straight from a dream / snow globe / LOTR set to your finger. Secret Wood carves wearable enchantments, a line of rings topped with abstract and magical scenes of nature that look like visions inside rough-cut crystal...

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Kindling Cracker Firewood Splitter

$99.99 from Amazon »

I'm choppin' some wood, splittin' some kindlin', buildin' a fire...naw. I'm really just sitting at my keyboard eating some turkey & gravy potato chips. Yeah, I couldn't believe they were real when I saw the bag either...

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US State 3D Wood Topographic Maps

$75 - $125 from Etsy »

And if you go with Florida, you can use your 3D Wood Topographic Map as a perfectly level cutting board! Haha, Florida's flatter than piss on a plate. I've always wanted to ride a Schwinn 10 Speed top-to-bottom through...

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Zebra Electric Wooden Boat

It's seafaring time. The Zebra Boat from designer Dimitri Bez motors through the water with the elegance of a Chris-Craft, but its criss-crossing slats of solid wood laid on the bias create what is, to me, an even more...

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Granberg Chainsaw Mill

$159 from Amazon »

If someone twisted my arm put me into a Half Nelson and demanded I select some form of manual labor as my Sunday Funday activity, Granberg's Chainsaw Mill would be my first choice....

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Titanium & Jack Daniels Barrel Ring

$245 - $345 from Etsy »

I guess I've been in a serious relationship with Jack Daniels for long enough now that I'm willing to don his ring and announce it to the world. Especially a ring as slick as this one. Check out the genuine used JD white...

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Sparta Knife Block

$49 from Missing Digit »

I think the Sparta Knife Block is even better than the Ex Knifeholder because while they are both clever ideas, the Sparta version connotes a brave and stoic warrior defending me instead of an angry and vengeful woman...

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ALFI Wood-Burning Hot Tub

$2,999 - $3,890 from Amazon »

Not only does ALFI's Fire Hot Tub look like a slice of a cartoon spaceship, but its "engine" is a wood-burning fire pit. No electricity, generators, plugs, or drain connections required....

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Hardcore Survivalist Hatchet

$117.44 from Amazon »

What's in a name? If you're the Hardcore Survivalist Hatchet, at least enough to get me to click on you when I see you in my Amazon search results. I hope a 19-ounce head and 18" American Hickory curved handle will make...