Sometimes the beauty of wood makes me wonder why I own anything that’s painted or upholstered. Why would I ever want to cover up something this gorgeous? Well, I wouldn’t. These beautiful pieces are from designer Jeff Martin, who recently finished an apprenticeship with my favorite woodworker in the entire world, Palo Samko. Jeff is heading home to Vancouver and is going to show at IDSwest this fall. I have a soft spot for work that combines raw edges with more finished sections, so Jeff’s work is right up my alley. The hanging cutting-board style piece above is practically screaming my name- it looks so beautiful and hefty. If that was sitting on my counter I might be inspired to prep or entertain more regularly. But I’d also be happy to hang it as art just like Jeff did. Sometimes wood is just too pretty to put away in a drawer or cover with fabric or paint. Click here to check out more of Jeff’s work and keep an eye out for him at this year’s IDSwest.