The darkness within: Blackcreek’s makers use an all-natural process in which ferrous acetate reacts with the wood’s tannic acids to essentially let the wood dye itself. Just beware, foods that are highly acidic, like lemons, will also react with the wood’s natural finish.

In addition to the current lineup of boards, a bent spatula, and a step stool, Blackcreek is also rolling out a mortar and pestle and trays in the next few months. Above: a new butcher block that was recently added to the collection. (Photos by Steffen Thalemann)

Black, that ubiquitous color that fills every urbanite’s closet, sets a rather refreshing tone when used in unexpected places, especially on tabletops and kitchen counters. We’ve been fans of the trend for some time, but a recent trip to upstate New York led us to Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.'s stylish new collection of Blackline cutting boards. The simplicity of each handcrafted piece brings a timeless balance to the dark wood. They’re cool and edgy, with a soft warmth.

What’s especially cool about these boards (made from white oak) is the all-natural process that transforms their shade to black from within — there’s no dye or pigment applied. Instead, ferrous acetate is applied to the wood’s surface and reacts with tannic acid, a natural component in white oak. The reaction causes the deep dark hue to appear from compounds inherent in the wood. Pretty awesome, not to mention environmentally safe. Currently the lineup features three types of boards, a butcher’s block, a bent spatula and a step stool, with more items, like a mortar and pestle, on the way. 

Blackcreek’s Blackline products are sold online and at various stockists around the country, including Shinola. Prices start at $175.

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