Craftsman Grant Tankoos grew up on the water and often on a boat on Long Island Sound. The young entrepreneur opened Soundview Millworks in 2008 in his hometown of Darien, Conn., where he produces fine and custom wood products with nautical themes.
Incorporating maple and mahogany (used for adding a striping accent), Tankoos creates engraved cleat cutting boards, serving boards, chopping blocks and bar boards. Other wood products include bookends, picture stands, bottle holders and paperweights. All hand-sanded products can be customized with compass roses, boat names or home ports. Each board comes hand-sealed with natural tung oil and a special mineral oil and beeswax blend to protect it. Prices range from $35 to $160. Soundview Millworks, Darien, Conn. Phone: (843) 324-5186. www.soundviewmillworks.com
This article originally appeared in the New England Home Waters Section of the February issue.