Experiences

From Tree to Table

A Build-Your-Own Board Experience

Enjoy a guided walk inside an Ontario Carolinian Forest with woodworker David Schonberger where you’ll discover woodland ecosystems and learn to Forest Breathe. Communicate with the roots of the forest through smell, taste, touch and sight. Then enter the artisanal woodshop and create your own live-edge charcuterie board alongside David by choosing your own piece of locally harvested lumber. Work with a variety of tools as well as David’s grandfather’s handtools to create your board. In addition to getting your hands dirty in the woodshop, enjoy a handpicked selection of the local terroir including local artisan charcuterie, cheeses, preserves and breads while socializing around a Feasting table. Finally, return to the woodshop to explore Ottercreek Woodworks’ studio of handcrafted boards, personalize your work and learn how to use your new charcuterie board at home to enjoy with friends.

What You Need to Know

The workshop must have a minimum of 4 people registered to run and up to 6 people maximum. Price is per person and everybody builds a board. It runs 9:30am-4pm. Allow for some added time incase the day runs longer than planned. In order to truly experience From Tree to Table, the day will run rain or shine. The shop is located on Bell Mill Sideroad in Tillsonburg, Ontario.

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Award-Winning

We are proud to receive recognition for our Experience!

In 2019, Ottercreek Woodworks was named the Ontario Culinary Experience of the Year. This award recognizes an Ontario organization or business that delivers an exceptional, authentic consumer experience showcasing the best Ontario food and drink.

In 2018 Ottercreek Woodworks was named Ontario’s Southwest Innovative Experience of the Year. This award recognizes an experience, event or festival using new or refurbished innovative strategies, to improve the tourism experience or marketing activities.

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From Our Tree to Table: A Build-Your-Own Board Experience

Read Our Reviews

"I’m still so elated from the amazing day we had yesterday. What an experience! The whole day was just perfect and so thoughtful. I can’t wait to show off my new board!"

Mary Benedict Norfolk County, ON

"I had come to know Ottercreek Woodworks from a local cheese shop here in Oakville that stocks their boards and I have given boards from Ottercreek as presents to family members. My wife and I follow Ottercreek Woodworks on Facebook and Instagram and saw the workshops being offered. My wife offered to send me to the workshop as my birthday present. Spending time with Dave and his family was great. I enjoyed the walk in the bush to learn about the local trees that are present and how the environment plays a role in shaping what happens with the wood inside the tree. Dave was a great instructor in the wood shop, guiding us in the art of designing the shape of our boards and sharing knowledge of the tools used to create a beautiful board. Dave and his wife put on a fantastic charcuterie lunch and were happy to share their knowledge of local food producers and their family history. I enjoyed the Tree to Table: A Build-your-own Board Experience immensely and very happy to have a beautiful maple board that I made at the end of it."

Matt Down Oakville, ON

"Having lived in Toronto for nearly 20 years, today I had what I can easily call my most authentic experience of Ontario. I can’t thank Ottercreek Woodworks and David enough for an incredibly fulfilling day. The Tree to Table experience of making ones own charcuterie board was in and of itself a truly unique and moving experience, but in addition to that David brings the best of Ontario and the region to the experience as well, with his deep knowledge of local fauna, and a spread of locally sourced delicacies, cheese, cured meats, honey, pickles and spreads to die for. I wouldn’t think twice to recommend this experience!"

Nassim Ghrayeb Toronto, ON

"An absolutely incredible experience! One that both of us will always remember and treasure!"

Jayne Gerber Kitchener, ON

"The Tree to Table Workshop was by far the most immersive, interesting and deliciously memorable experiences I've had the pleasure of attending in a decade!"

Agatha Podgorski Director of Community Engagement Culinary Tourism Alliance

"Amazing teaching! Great conversations and over all an incredible experience! Thanks so much! We already want to do it again!"

Hilary Hatton St Catharines, ON
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