November’s workshops connected the Holiday season of Food and Family. Perennial worked with our partner agencies, Magdalene St. Louis, Center for Women in Transition, and Lydia’s house to teach participants how to use a Japanese saw, plainer, and wood wax to create a beautiful work of art that can be used over and over again in the kitchen. We were consistently surprised with the innate beauty of each cutting board grew to by the final finishing. The women very much enjoyed the experience, with one participant sharing, “ I loved this project, it’s very useful and necessary. I learned how to have fun! Thank you!” while another shared that it’s “patience to perfection!” We absolutely agree! Taking the time to make a piece truly your own has it’s rewards, and the process gives back to you in the making, and in this case, each time we get to cook!