Brooklyn Butcher Blocks Woodenware
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).