How does an ordinary kitchen utensil become a work of art? Ted’s line of functional kitchen “art” includes utensils that can be used for everyday and special occasions. Pizza cutters with turned wooden handles and premium-quality stainless cutting wheels are one of our top sellers at holiday craft fairs, as they make great gifts and are also fun to use. The handles are carefully laminated from select hardwoods and finished with multiple coats of durable polyurethane.
We chuckle about my mom, who sets gifts aside as being too nice to use. We don’t want you to do that with items from Ted’s Woodshop. These pizza cutters are made to be used and enjoyed.
The stainless cutting wheel is sharp but you need not worry about getting cut, as there is a finger guard that separates the blade from the handle.
Ted glues thin layers of wood together to create the blanks from which the handles are turned. By selecting woods that have contrast, either in color or figure (or both), he can create a seemingly-endless array of turned wooden handles so that no two are alike.
Some of the handles are rounded at the bottom, others have a flare, and still others are sculpted. Whether you have large or small hands, there’s a pizza cutter that will be a good fit.
The stainless pizza cutters are easy to clean. We recommend hand washing, then drying with a soft cloth. As with any wooden item from Ted’s Woodshop, do not allow the pizza cutter to soak in a sink and never put one in the dishwasher.
Do we use one of these at our house? We do. It was a struggle to throw out our disreputable pizza cutter, whose origins were long forgotten, but the peeling paint on the cheap wooden handle was the tipping point. That old pizza cutter had no doubt gone to college with one of us, but my attachment to it had cruised well past “sentimental.” Ted went down to his shop, retrieved a handle that he had set in the reject pile because it didn’t meet his exacting standards, and affixed a cutter wheel to it. The polite term for that reject handle is a “second” but to me, it is a thing of beauty that we use and enjoy … and that is the point behind Ted’s woodworking.