Ryan Silverman - Wooden Palate
The Wooden Palate
The Wooden Palate was founded by Ryan Silverman (wood-worker to the stars) and his wife Eileen O'Dea (chef and yogi turned wood-worker). Eileen and Ryan design every board to last forever. Each board is tested for integrity by Ryan in the woodshop and further vetted by Eileen in the kitchen before sent to production. The Wooden Palate was born of the belief that every kitchen and home needs more bespoke wood pieces and that every chef should love the board on which they serve their creations.
WHAT WOODS DO YOU USE? Primarily we use North American White Oak and Ohio River Valley Black Walnut, but we will utilize any workable reclaimed wood we can get.
DO YOU USE RECLAIMED WOODS? On a case by case basis, yes. We have to be very careful about the chemicals that can potentially be present in reclaimed woods.
WHERE DOES YOUR WOOD COME FROM? Mostly from lumber mills in Kentucky and Ohio.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS KILN DRIED OR AIR DRIED? We kiln dry all woods before construction begins.
WHAT DOES ROUGH SAWN MEAN? It's as straight-forward as it sounds. Rough sawn refers to the fresh/initial cut from the log at the lumber mill.
WHAT SUBSTANCES DO YOU USE TO FINISH YOUR PRODUCT WITH? We use all-natural oils like beeswax, palm oil and mineral oil by themselves or in combination.