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I stumbled on an abandoned, crumbling "sugar shack" deep in the woods of rural New Hampshire and was inspired to find a use for its lonely but beautiful roof slate shingles. I figure the sugar shack was built in the late 1800s with slate from nearby Vermont (just over the Connecticut River from the sugar shack). If you're not from New England, a sugar shack is used to laboriously boil the sap of sugar maple trees, reducing it into maple syrup. For many families around here, "sugaring" is a Spring ritual that has spanned many generations.

I made each slate tile into a unique a one-of-a-kind item (you'll see a number of these in my shop). The slate tiles are thoroughly cleaned and sealed (food safe). Their deep character has developed by weathering well over 100 New England winters. I left the hand-hewn, sometimes imperfect, slate edges exposed. Many of the trays also have the original holes where nails held them in place.

I handcrafted wood elements to complement the story of the slate using only American hardwoods that grow in the region. The warmth of the rich, native wood is the perfect complement to the slate's cool color and texture. All the wood elements are crafted by hand. In order to bring out all the character and richness the wood has to offer, I applied a simple finish with hand-rubbed tung oil.

Imagine using this as a serving tray, centerpiece, cheese/fruit board or a decorative holder for a hot casserole. The details of this item are:
-- Its handles are fashioned in cherry, black walnut and maple.
-- The slate surface is approximately 14" by 22"
-- The overall dimensions are approximately 14" x 25" x 2-1/2" high
-- Adding to the character of the slate are 2 nail holes

I hope you enjoy having this piece of rural New England in your home. Enjoy telling its story to your guests!

Slate Tray with Cherry, Walnut and Maple Handles


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: slate, cherry, maple, walnut, black walnut
  • Only ships to United States from Maine, United States.
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