Brooklyn Butcher Blocks makes high-end, handmade wooden kitchenware that prides itself on simplicity, elegance and innovation. Founder Nils Wessell considers himself a natural born “maker.” Hit with a spark of creativity, forging a more cohesive design and then hammering out its details. If his life has had a theme, that would be it. His artistic approach to butcher blocks is heavily influenced by summers spent in Vermont, where he spent his days with his uncle and grandfather – two woodworkers and serious DIY project addicts. They introduced him to the basics of construction. At Bard College, Nils tested his then-rudimentary construction skills by making large-scale sculptures and architectural installations. Upon moving back to Brooklyn, he apprenticed with knife-maker Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn. His experience with wood in Vermont and at Bard, plus Joel’s influence as a craftsperson, inspired Nils to turn his low-ceilinged art studio into a low-ceilinged woodshop, and Brooklyn Butcher Blocks was born.
Brooklyn Butcher BlocksEst. 2010
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All Brooklyn Butcher Blocks are handcrafted from wood sourced domestically, primarily from Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. Nils merges function with art to create sturdy, durable butcher blocks that are multi-functional and beautiful enough to adorn any kitchen or dining space.
- Wood from Pennsylvania
- Wood from New York, NY
- Wood from Ohio