Slate is one of the most durable, naturally occurring stones readily available. It has been used to make highly trafficked walkways, as well as surfaces that see a great deal of use and abuse, such as laboratory benches and billiard tabletops. Slate shingles, used on roofs all over the world, are capable of withstanding the elements for more than two centuries.
Its nonporous nature means it can hold up to the meltiest, most oozing Taleggio or the stinkiest of Epoisses.
The rustic look of the boards is achieved through the use of a slate cutter and other tools, which may lead to chipping along the edges over time — a natural process that contributes to its beauty and does not diminish its usefulness. Each board is one of a kind.
The slate is treated and sealed to be food safe. Soapstone, chalk, crumbs, and liquids wipe off easily with a damp sponge or towel. The board can also be washed by hand and is dishwasher-safe.
Wipe clean with a damp sponge or towel, or if the board needs more thorough cleaning, wash by hand with dish soap or in the dishwasher. To maintain the slate's appearance and protect its integrity, wipe down with a drop or two of food grade mineral oil about twice a year.
Kristy Hadeka is the fourth generation of a slate mining concern; her great-grandfather bought the family's first slate quarry and they have since expanded to several more dotted across the Vermont and New York Slate Valley, a unique geological region spanning the two states that has a long history in slate production. Her father, uncles, and older brother all work in slate production, primarily in the manufacture of roofing tiles. And as a child, she longed to work in the quarries too.
In 2009, Hadeka, a Parsons graduate student, and her partner, web developer and graphic designer Sean Tice, hit upon an idea while visiting her family's slate quarry in upstate New York. Inspired by the handcrafted DIY movement that was picking up momentum in Brooklyn, where they live, they brought back some pieces of slate to use at home and to give to friends. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that the couple decided to produce a line of slate products. And Hadeka loves being able to work with her father every day.
Hadeka and Tice regularly travel to the quarry to personally select their favorite pieces of slate. Some of the slate is new, while other pieces are repurposed. They cut and clean the stones at their studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
From a fourth-generation family slate quarry. A natural foil for cheeses, but can also be used as a trivet, tray, or placemat. Available in two sizes: 7'' x 12'' and 10''x14''. Comes with soapstone chalk. Made in New York.
Single cheese plating: 7 inches x 12 inches
Multiple cheese plating: 10 inches x 14 inches
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