Big Chop Story

A story of fate

In September 2000 as a keen home cook I was watching a young Jamie Oliver on his cooking show The Naked Chef. Much of his preparation took place on a beautiful large thick round timber board. I liked the look of this board so much that I decided to buy one the next day. After an extensive search of Melbourne’s finest kitchenware stores I was disappointed that none had anything remotely similar. At this stage I was resigned to the fact that it was not possible to purchase a board like Jamie’s in Australia.

Later that year I went home to have Christmas with my family in Launceston Tasmania. I also took the opportunity to visit The Taste of Tasmania food event in Hobart early in the new year. Just before I left Hobart to drive back to Launceston I was due to meet a friend for coffee in Salamanca Place. Now this is where things get interesting! My friend rang to say he was going to be about half an hour late, so I replied “no problem I will wander around the shops in the area”. Looking in a craft shop I noticed a stunning small timber board made from several iconic Tasmanian hardwood timbers. I went inside asked who made the board and being a friendly Tasmanian girl she answered, “These boards are handmade by Craig in Launceston would you like his phone number”!!

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Big Chop is delighted to offer a small quantity of unique and exceptional products that are only available on limited release. These products would make either wonderful presents for weddings, special occasions, or just for you!

All other boards in our Product Catalogue are also available for purchase by emailing for prices and delivery costs.

We can also offer laser engraved special messages for an additional cost.

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Tasmanian River Collections

For generations artisans have been working with beautiful Tasmanian timbers. And so tradition continues with Big Chop. Each board has been designed and crafted in Tasmania by the hand of a skilled tradesman using traditional artisan techniques.

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Chesterman 1867 Presentation Boards

My great grandfather, Henry Chesterman, was a pioneering timber merchant in the 1800s and this new range represents the fine craftsmanship of those early artisans working with beautiful Tasmanian timbers. Crafted from Blackwood with Celery Top Pine stripes, this range is designed to present your culinary creations.

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The Big Chop Timber Board Nurturing Cream

To preserve the natural luster and timeless quality of the timbers, use The Big Chop timber board nurturing cream made from beeswax, pure lemon oil, mineral oil and carnauba wax

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New release! The Gordon River Collection

The Gordon River rises below Mount Hobhouse in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park draining the eastern slopes of the King William Range. The river flows generally south and to the west of the Gordon Range before flowing west through the Gordon Gap and spilling into Lake Gordon.

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2018 Big Chop Boards as TV Stars

We are proud to see our 2018 Big Chop Boards as TV stars in major shows. They are used by a preferred chopping boards by both hosts and contestants.

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Big Chop Perfect Slice Bread Knives

Big Chop is synonymised for providing high quality handmade Tasmanian Timber chopping /presentation boards, knife blocks and knife racks. Now the tradition continues with the launch of our range of our perfect slice bread knives.

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