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From Tree to Table

A Build-Your-Own Board Experience

Rediscover nature at the award-winning From Tree to Table Experience. Gain knowledge about the trees of Ontario’s vast Carolinian Forest with woodworker David Schonberger on 2 acres of property. Gather around an open fire, sip on tea with freshly-foraged ingredients and engage your senses. Communicate with the roots of the forest as we discover reverence of the woodland ecosystem through smell, taste, touch and sight.

Enter the artisanal woodshop to create your own live-edge charcuterie board alongside David and choose your own piece of locally harvested lumber. Work with a variety of tools including David’s grandfather’s vintage handtools to shape your board. In addition to creating your own board in the woodshop, take home a taste of place with a handpicked selection of the local terroir including local artisan charcuterie, cheeses, preserves and more in our Tree to Table Feasting Box. You’ll have everything you need for your first charcuterie feast on your new board at home! Inside the woodshop, you’ll also explore Ottercreek Woodworks’ studio of handcrafted boards, personalize your work and learn how to use your new charcuterie board at home to enjoy with loved ones.


COVID-19: We have implemented masks, social distancing, enhanced sanitization and many other measure to keep you safe.

What You Need to Know

The workshop must have a minimum of 2 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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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 2021 Ottercreek Woodworks was named Ontario’s Southwest Sustainability Trailblazer of the Year. This award recognizes a business, experience, operator or individual, leading with an innovative strategy to improve the tourism experience through a sustainable tourism lens, aligning with the United Nations World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

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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Read Our Reviews

"We wanted to thank you again for a great experience. We really enjoyed spending the day with you in your workshop and amongst the trees. We learned so much! Your passion for your craft and love and appreciation for nature is evident in every little detail. It truly is a one of a kind experience. We can't wait to use our board and share it with family and friends."

Jessica Hatt Essex, ON

"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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