Nordic mythology tells us that the first of our kind – Ask and Embla, the man and woman – were born from the ash and the elm. The ash tree, Yggdrasil, is also part of the story as the tree of the world that spreads its branches out across the world.
Ash wood is both elastic and tough, even stronger than oak. This is why in ancient times it was used for Viking ships, as shafts for axes and shovels, carts, ladders, spears and bows. Today, ash wood is used for sporting gear, skis, golf clubs, furniture and, of course, for Silva.
The ash tree has been part of Danish nature for the last 9,200 years and is considered to be one of the most valuable types of wood in our forests. It can grow to a height of up to 40 metres, soaring above the other trees. The Latin name of the species, excelsior, means “The one who rises above all others”. You cannot help being impressed by this tall, upright tree. Proud as a king.
Fit for any purpose
Silva consists of carving and serving boards in four different sizes. These are supplemented by two carving boards with a slightly sloping, concave carving surface that collects crumbs and juices at one end.
The series is completed by two elegant serving trays with a striking, yet discreet finger grip over the full length of the tray, making it easy and safe to hold. The quality of the craftsmanship is underlined by the tongue and groove joints.
More room at the table
Silva can be safely and securely hung up without the board or tray taking up space on the table. Jacob Leth-Espensen has designed a special hook for this purpose with a conical design that ensures perfect air drying after washing without touching the wall.
The elegant Ulo herb chopper is the latest addition to the Silva series. It is inspired by the traditional Greenlandic knife of the same name, which is traditionally used to clean hides and cut whale blubber. The gentle cutting motion of the Ulo is both soft and efficient without lifting the blade from the board. The matching chopping board in hardened ash features an elegant, slightly concave cutting area that collects finely cut herbs, chopped onions or nuts. When turned upside down, the back serves as a normal cutting board.