I am often asked why I make cutting boards in the shapes of women’s purses. The short answer is ‘ a woman can never have enough purses!’ On a more serious note, I started making purse cutting boards while I was still in training. I had been asked to make something for a charity silent auction which was themed ‘purses’. Most of the donors of the items created purses that could actually be used as a purse. I thought ‘I am a woodworker, why not make a cutting board to look like a purse’.
To my amazement the item fetched $130! Of course it was for a good cause and wine was being served.
I now have a collection of 22 different purse styles. No two are ever the same as I mix and match design, species of wood and decorative touches. This one is called ‘Doctors Bag’ and features birds-eye maple, with walnut and sapele decorative elements. The stand is an optional extra for those who want to prominently display their art-work.
I am often told my purses are too beautiful to cut on – but I believe my art should be used. The scoring left by a knife adds a little touch of the owner to the beauty of the art. For those who want to preserve the perfect finish, I encourage cutting on one side only and displaying the other unblemished side.
I hope you can find a purse to meet your whimsy from this list (click on the name to view a larger picture). The pictures below are arranged according to price – $35, $40, $45, and $50.