I am so pleased to celebrate the two-year anniversary of my small-but-mighty Etsy shop Red Onion Woodworks. What a crazy, wild ride it’s been! Thanks so much to all of my customers, supporters, and wishing-they-were-customers-but-offering-kind-words-instead folks. You’re simply fabulous. Also, I’ve got to say that I am so proud to know that my boards (many […]


After a nice long winter/spring break, I am SO back in action making new cutting boards and serving trays for my Etsy shop, Red Onion Woodworks. I have to admit that I was pretty burned out after the awesome but exhausting holiday rush as a result of my feature in Sunset Magazine. It was really […]



December 2, 2011 · 16 comments

                  So vacation was great, but this week has been a heavy dose of reality. I mentioned in an earlier post that a cutting board from my Etsy shop was featured in the December issue of Sunset Magazine (see here), and the response has been huge. On […]


Red Onion Woodworks Gifts

November 13, 2011 · 4 comments

This blog is a place for me to share tidbits of information about my life, my environment, and my community. I didn’t start it as a platform to sell you something. However, my “day job” is a big part of my life (especially this time of year), so I feel compelled to give it a […]


Thanks for all your fabulous recipes, everyone. So many of them looked delicious and will probably end up on our dinner (or breakfast) table in the nearish future. Here are a few that had particularly good photos… Mae suggests these pumpkin waffles. Kierra offeres up this cute cake. Jenny wants to make these balsamic and […]


When I started my business, Red Onion Woodworks, a year and a half ago, I swore up and down that I would never EVER do craft fairs. My new business was solidly based on online sales, and I was pretty happy about that. In my late teens and early twenties, I worked at the local farmers’ […]


  First off, I thought your “Wants not Needs” were great! Obviously, you’re a diverse bunch of readers, but there were a few trends, mostly shoes/boots and fine art. A couple of my favorites: Elizabeth S. wants this awesome rhino sculpture. Catie wants this big arrow light. If I was a true hipster, I’d have […]


I was photographing cutting boards to list in my Etsy shop earlier today when I came across this big, beautiful board. It’s large (18 1/2″ x 12″ x 1 7/8″) and completely covered in wildly figured grain patterns. Unfortunately, it also has some issues in the form of several cracks entering from the edges and […]


Wood Branding

July 26, 2011 · 11 comments

A couple months ago, I ordered a custom wood brand from Woodcraft, so I could mark my Red Onion Woodworks cutting boards. I bought one with a standard “HANDCRAFTED BY,” and I added “RED ONION WOODWORKS.” When it came, I decided that I didn’t really like the “HANDCRAFTED BY” part, so I had my grandfather […]


Wood cutting boards are perfectly functional and perfectly sanitary if cared for properly. Maintenance of a wood cutting board is easy and will dramatically extend the life and beauty of one of your most used kitchen tools. With normal household use, cutting boards will show scratches and wear. If you purchase a new two-sided board, […]