Hand Crafted Exotic Wood Cutting Boards

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Last updated on May 9, 2021

I use Watco's Butcher Block Oil on all my boards.


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Here is my background

Wood Working
My name is Mark Holtzclaw, and one day my wife asked me to buy her a cutting board. I said "I could probably make you one". I certainly did not expect that the project would ultimately lead to a new business venture, but after I made that board for my wife, she said "that is the most beautiful cutting board I have ever seen. You should make these for others".
So, I started "Claw's Exotic Wood Designs, LLC" in 2013 and the rest is history.

​Navy Veteran
I spent 10 years in the U.S. Navy serving on board one of the last diesel Submarines in the fleet. It is now a museum in Portland, Ore., which is fitting since I grew up in Southern Oregon.

Bass Fishing
I love to fish, (especially fly fishing). One day a friend of mine in our fly fishing club showed me how to make Large Mouth Bass Poppers. I was so fascinated with the process that he showed me how to make my own. I had to write a book about how to make these highly effective fly poppers.
If you are interested in learning this process, here is a link to my book on Amazon:

Competitive Billiards
I have been playing pool since I was 6 years old. I compete in the Internationals, (held in Las Vegas) every year, for the past 25 years. In 2019 I practices really hard because my family was going to come see me play. There were 650 entrants from around the world for the 8-Ball tournament. I placed 9th place out of 650. Not bad for a beginner eh? :-)

Project Manager
My day time job is a Project Manager for the NNSA. I have worked in the IT field for almost 40 years. I have certifications for: PMP (Project Management Professional), ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner), Lean Six Sigma (Black Belt), ITILv3 (Foundations), and CMMI (Services).

I very much enjoy a good round of golf and shoot in the low 80's.

I love to grow my own produce. Each year I learn how to grow better and better yields of vegetables.

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    Wood Working ​My goal is for us to make the most beautiful, longest lasting product we can for our customers! I'm not a cutting board manufacturer, I'm an artist that loves designing cutting boards. Let me design a one of a kind board for you!

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