This is a handmade ethically sourced wooden lame that was originally made for us by EJ of Hatchet + Bear who put as much love into his craftsmanship as I do into my sourdough. I think they go together very beautifully. Very sadly EJ is no longer with us. Recently a friend of EJ’s who is also a wood turner and carver offered to make these again for us as in remembrance of our dear friend.
Our wooden lame is a beautiful object to have in the kitchen, as well as being extremely functional. Some of our customers comment that they want to have it on display, rather than tucking it away in a drawer. The handcrafted, black walnut handle is a pleasure to hold, and the attractive metal fittings make changing the blade quick and easy. I love using this lame. It’s lightweight but sturdy, and makes smooth, clean cuts in the dough.
When I first started baking, in a small family-run bakery in the south of France, we used a simple, naked blade to make cuts in the top of the loaves before they were loaded into the oven. There are many bakers who will tell you that this is all you need, but a lot of home bakers prefer to use a blade with a handle… there’s less risk of cut fingers that way. This beautifully crafted, wooden handled lame that should last a lifetime of baking.
Brand: The Sourdough School by Burr Studio at Frome Hardware
Carved from: a walnut tree, with a metal blade and screw at one end
Size: approximately 210mm long and 25mm at the widest point