Daren Sumrow and Mandy Simpson
Craig Mulcahy PHOTOGRAPH
NOLA BOARDS is a local, handcrafted cutting board business. Wanting to combine their talents, Mandy Simpson and her husband Daren Sumrow of New Orleans Woodworking teamed up in 2014 to create these one-of-a-kind pieces. Their unique cutting boards can be found in a variety of art markets around town and in retail shops such as The Historic New Orleans Collection gift shop.
How did this business come to be? We started NOLA BOARDS as an offshoot to our woodworking business. We wanted to use the scraps of wood left behind from our larger restaurant and residential build outs. We quickly realized that New Orleanians were looking for quality kitchen products that were aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. Let’s face it, every party hosted in New Orleans inevitably ends up in the kitchen. We like to call our cutting boards “functional art.”
Is there a new product you are especially excited about? We recently started making magnetic knife holders that have been coming out beautifully! Our favorite wood to use on these is Louisiana Sinker Cypress. You never know exactly what colors will come out of the wood, from swampy greens to muted browns.
Do you have any thing new happening in your business? We are excited to announce that NOLA BOARDS will be opening a retail space to showcase not only our own handcrafted kitchen products including cutting boards, countertops, and islands, but we will be showcasing a variety of other native Louisiana artists and their handcrafted kitchen products as well. The new store is located at 4304 Magazine St.