Off to make a charcuterie board! At Ottercreek Woodworks Inc.‘s From Tree to Table we walk through the calm of the Carolinian forest to learn about the surrounding nature while snacking on locally baked Dutch stroopwaffels and plucking leaves to steep in our tea. Drinking in our walk in the woods, we then choose from local, sustainably harvested boards to carve in the workshop. I’m partial to cherry wood.
On display at Gunn’s Hill’s newly renovated showroom are tree-to-table charcuterie and cheese boards, handcrafted with sustainably-sourced local wood by Dave Schonberger of Ottercreek Woodworks.
The quest for great food and drink leads to many innovative, hands-on culinary experiences across southwestern Ontario. The region offers a treasure trove of ways to appreciate the passion and artistry of local producers. Bringing attention to environmental issues is also something that motivates David Schonberger, owner of Ottercreek Woodworks, in Burgessville.
A carpenter by trade, four years ago David Schonberger transitioned into a woodworker. Similar trades, but different. The former builds and repairs wooden objects and structures, while the latter, who can also be a carpenter, makes items from wood.
It’s classic Oxford County: stunning farmland, humble homes, trees upon trees and a commute that commuters will never know. I’m on my way to chat with a young entrepreneur, Dave Schonberger about why he returned to Oxford and how he found success in entrepreneurship.