Words with Boards, Kim Strassner and Mike Pararas

Baltimore, MD


We are Kim Strassner and Mike Pararas, a Baltimore based couple with backgrounds in product development and design. We fabricated our first cutting board from leftover butcher block as holiday gifts for friends and family. To give the pieces added interest, we personalized the boards by carving words into the wood.

“Words” traveled fast, as did their popularity. The personalized cutting boards were soon being sold on our website, at retail shops and gift shows. 2015 was quite a year. Words with Boards® was named a Martha Stewart AMERICAN MADE Design finalist, followed with making "THE O LIST" in Oprah Winfrey's iconic list of her “Favorite Things” 2015 issue of O Magazine.

Today, amid a sea of choices for cutting boards, Words with Boards® is the only company that hand-cuts words into the wood. Hand- crafted from sustainably forested American hardwoods, our one-of-a-kind boards are made and hand-finished in our newly expanded studio in Baltimore’s eclectic Hampden community.