selling real estate two years ago,
she wanted a unique gift to give
clients and thought of Downing's
cutting boards. They now have
an arrangement where Ritter tells
Downing the kitchen's color scheme
and he uses his artistry to pick
complimentary woods, patterns and
grains. Ritter presents the board to her
client with a locally baked Bundt cake.
"You can tell the time he puts
into it. It's a quality piece of art,"
Ritter says. "I point out that this was
Downing enjoys making cutting boards,
cheese trays and other customized
I was like, 'Uh-oh.
How do I market this?'
— Michael Downing
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