July 22, 2011

The University of Kentucky’s Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability (RCARS) is offering a Cutting Board Workshop for its next installment of the Mountain Monday Series Aug. 8.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. EST at the center’s Wood Utilization Center in Jackson. Bobby Ammerman, Cooperative Extension associate for the UK Department of Forestry, and Doran Howard, the center’s lead technician, will guide participants through the process of making hardwood cutting boards in today’s computer technology-savvy world.

During the workshop Ammerman and Howard will explain why certain species of wood are used to produce the boards and the economic impact of each of those species in Kentucky. Participants will also learn about the characteristics of each hardwood species and facts about their abundance and health in the environment.

The hands-on workshop will allow people to router, sand and finish a cutting board before they leave. Each participant will get to take home their cutting board to use for cutting up meat or vegetables or simply for decoration. In addition, each person will be able to customize their own cutting board with lettering using a laser engraver.

Registration is $10. For more information or to register, contact Jackie Allen at 606-666-2438, ext. 285.

The Mountain Monday Series is the second Monday of each month. Future Mountain Monday topics will include food plots for wildlife, holiday decorations and wreathmaking, beekeeping, and quilting. The series also will stream live on the Internet at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mountainmonday.

For more information about RCARS programs, visit the website at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/RCARS.