“Heart of oak are our ships, hearts of oak are our men,” the song says. I don’t know whether our amazing builder James Pollard has a heart of oak but he’s certainly got a heart the size of a house.
He’s just crafted a custom-made chopping block for my new larder and although I can’t say it was a labour of love (his wife would kill me) it’s certainly a gesture of extreme friendship. Just look at this:
He made it from oak offcuts in his spare time but if you added up all the hours he worked it would probably total three full days – and the oak alone would have cost a couple of hundred quid. James says if anyone want to commission another, Him Outdoors will have to help out next time!
The block is so big and so heavy it took two men to put it in position. It’s actually bigger than my butcher’s block and it’s a thing of beauty. I’m touched beyond words that James made this for me.
The pictures don’t do it justice. I think it’ll become a family heirloom as it’ll certainly outlast me. Thank you, James. You’re a star.
Addendum: I decided it was far too beautiful for the larder and swapped it for the old butcher’s block. James’s creation is now in the kitchen so I can admire it all the time.
It’s a pleasure to work with.