- Can you personalize my cutting board and/or serving tray?
- No. At this time we do not offer personalization. However, we have had customers ask if it's okay to burn their own brands onto our cutting boards and serving trays. The answer is yes! The only substances we use to treat our cutting boards are non-toxic cutting board oil and wax. If you choose to do this, please be safe and take suitable precautions to protect yourself.
- What is your definition of handmade?
- To us, handmade is literally that: Made by hand. We do not use machines to stamp and mass produce our cutting boards. Zack sketches out each cutting board using a variety of hand drawn templates he created and developed over time. That said, when dealing with wood, improvisation is inevitable. Zack carefully considers the natural shape and grain of the wood in order to create the best possible product while reducing scrap. He then cuts, sands and oils the boards himself. The same goes for tabletops, too.
- Where do you source your wood?
- We work with a few different sources who adhere to sustainable practices. Most of the oak you'll see is from my family's land in east Texas. Everything else comes from contacts who regularly remove fallen or dead trees.
- How did you get your name?
- Well, I was never 100% happy with the first few names I chose (Hipster Texas, Hip Texas Decor...do you sense a pattern here?) for my first two Etsy shops. I sold really bad photography in one and miscellaneous vintage items in the other. Once we got serious and our product quality improved, I knew I had to change it to something more unique and less...goofy, I suppose. I happened to come across a Vanity Fair anthology (Bootleggers, Bohemians, Flappers and Swells), and those two words fit together just right. Plus, there's a scandalous family legend on my mom's side that our illustrious Appalachian forebears ran liquor during Prohibition. So there's that. On the other hand, I've always loved the bohemian spirit and style.