Over the years, we have been asked if we make a carving board with spikes – spikes that will hold the roast securely on the board during carving. The answer has always been “no” as despite extensive research we have not been able to source spikes of the appropriate design and quality.
A seemingly popular, massed produced board design includes a ring of spikes that are inlaid into the board. These are fine but are not very hygienic as the groove in which the ring sits is a trap for fat and juices from the meat.
Furthermore, during storage, the ring is reversed so the spikes face into the board so there are four deep holes to accommodate the spikes which are impossible to thoroughly clean and will therefore harbour bacteria.
So not happy with the ring of spikes we researched the possibility of insetting individual stainless steel spikes into the board. It seems that high quality stainless spikes are hard to come by. The spikes needed to be of a stainless quality suitable for cutlery. This is determined by the higher levels of chromium and nickel contained in the steel, giving it its stainless properties. This is key as without these additional chemicals, as well as the higher levels of carbon, the steel would react with the tannic acid in our oak boards and turn the timber black. The bottom line was that we could not source spikes of the required quality so decided we must be able to do something with oak!
The simple solutions are often the best solutions. So we made a dowel from crown sawn oak and simply gave it a point at one end. We used crown sawn oak with very straight grain as it is a strong cut of the timber. Having created a number of these spikes it was simple matter of drilling holes in the board to accommodate them. We decided that two spikes would be adequate to hold most joints of meat securely and would not adversely affect the ability to carve the meat. With each spike glued firmly in place there is no opportunity for fatty meat juices to be trapped. Cleaning the board is as easy as any of our other wooden boards – just wipe with warm, soapy water and then dry. Do not forget to periodically oil it with our board care mineral oil to maintain its beauty and durability.
As the spikes could be both be damaged and cause damage during storage, we provide a small wooden cover to afford protection.
We offer spikes as an option on all our rectangular wooden carving boards. The images show a carving board 30x45x4cm but the spikes are also available on our 3040×2.7cm and 30x40x4cm carving boards.
If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact us.