As a food blogger, it is my great pleasure to bring you recipes, techniques and tutorials that are free to you. At the same time, food blogging is not an inexpensive endeavor–there are hosting costs, web design costs, ingredient costs, photography costs and much more. So I, like many bloggers, run advertisements on my site to help defray some of the costs associated with blogging. Not only am I with an ad network, I also sell my own ads directly to advertisers. I love doing this because I can feature exactly what I want to feature and promote. Last month, CogWorks purchased ad space on Pastry Chef Online. I had not heard of them before, so before I approved their ad, I went to their site to make sure I would feel good about sharing CogWorks with you guys. It didn’t take me long to click “approve ad,” once I’d seen their site and products.
See? The perfect size to serve The Beloved’s fruitcake on!
CogWorks is a small company in Antrim, New Hampshire, whose craftsmen blend traditional woodworking with some high-tech engineering. The first products they produced were their very cool wooden cogs–sets of interlocking gears made of different woods that I know I’d spend hours turning. Very Zen. Very cool. They also sell simply styled yet elegant carving boards made out of cherry wood that are concave to collect juices (the gently concave surface actually holds over 2 cups of juices!). Really lovely craftsmanship, and pieces that are sure to be handed down over generations.
As a reader, I also like their bookmarks. Wooden bookmarks marking pages that started out as wood. I love that idea. Plus, wood is such a warm, organic material that feels good in your hands and isn’t going to poke holes in your pages like metal bookmarks with sharp edges can. Priced at $9.95-$14.95, they make a special gift or stocking stuffer for the readers in your life. As far as designs, they have you covered too: their designs include everything from horses and hummingbirds to hearts and leaves to fruits and herbs.
I cannot take how cute that little kitty face is! All the CogWorks designs are of really high quality with a ton of detail. I am guessing they have a computer assisted wood burning apparatus of some sort to burn these designs into the wood. Very cool.
My favorite thing they sell are their sweet cutting and serving boards. These are by no means large enough to slice a full-sized loaf of bread on, but they could certainly serve as a cute platter for a mini loaf or a muffin or three. A small collection, or even one, propped against your kitchen walls atop your cabinets, makes for a great conversation starter, not to mention a wonderful gift. You can order them plain made out of beautiful woods like birdseye maple, cherry and hickory, or you can order one with wood-burned designs like lighthouses, shells, snowflakes and, well, cats. And dogs. Of course I got one with a cat on it! These boards are priced at $20, and they’re reversible, come in your choice of wood (cherry or maple), are reversible and finished with food grade mineral oil and beeswax. This and a small loaf of bread would make a perfect host or hostess gift for the upcoming holidays!
One of the neatest things about CogWorks is that they offer custom gifts and awards. Bring them your own artwork or logo, or have their in-house artist design something special just for you. This customization really allows for uniquely personal gifts. Very special.
I am so glad CogWorks came to me, because now that they’re on my radar, I know just where to shop for my friends who love to read and who love to cook and entertain. I am happy to be able to share this US-owned company with you guys. Please give them a visit and see for yourself the quality of the CogWorks products.
Thanks to CogWorks for allowing me to share with you today. And for helping me keep the lights on at PCO headquarters.
Thanks you so much for spending some time with me today. Take care, and have a lovely day.