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Hand Crafted Wooden Lame – Shop


Hand Crafted Wooden Lame - Store
















I am Wyllis Greenway, Teresa’s son. I originally designed these lames because I love to work with wood. Most bread slashers you could get were either made of plastic or metal. I thought that a lame should invite the same sense of warmth and character into a kitchen that a loaf of freshly baked bread does, which is why I decided to use richly colored woods and compliment them with shimmery brass hardware.The curvy design shown below was actually interpreted from classical French cabriole table legs which were high class fashion back in the rococo and baroque periods. I also thought this aspect would tie it back with its artistic french baking roots. Here is a little insight into my shop world and how I makes Lames.

Every Lame starts from a rough cut stock of wood. Every piece is carefully chosen and cut to express the unique beauty of each wood type. Black Walnut, for example, needs to be cut “quarter sawn” in order to reveal the natural shimmering effect it’s grain radiates. Profiles are then carefully drawn into place and cut out.

After the bread slasher is cut, it is carefully shaped with rounded corners and sanded smooth.

Once the it has been shaped to satisfaction, it is brushed with a natural oil finish and allowed to dry for 48 hours.

Then, the tip of each lame is carefully cut in half to create an extremely thin slice to receive a razor blade later.  Brass thumbnuts are then inserted to make blade replacement quick and easy!



Lame - shop

It took two days to coax this beautiful lame out of a piece wood but now it is done and ready to slash bread!

I still occasionally makes a batch and lists them. If you would like to pick one up you can check here….

Hand-Crafted Wooden Lames –

Bamboo Lame

Black Walnut Lame

Maple Lame


…and in my mom’s store here: Northwest Sourdough Store (plus baguette flipping boards, bamboo pastry blades and handcrafted rolling pins.

I hope you enjoy this post and the many to come! Please comment below with and questions or feel free to share your baking experiences.



Update: These are my most recent addition to the family. Bamboo lames. I finished them just this morning. You can check them out here… Bamboo Lame Amazon Shop or through the image link below.


"The Bamboo Lame"


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  1. Susan D Susan D
    January 27, 2013    

    These are a work of art and I absolutely love them! Beautifully done!

  2. Sheri Sheri
    January 27, 2013    

    Beautiful, just added one to my Amazon Wishlist! My boyfriend said they looked underpriced (good for me, means he may buy one for me!)

  3. narf7 narf7
    January 27, 2013    

    These are beautiful :). I hope you sell heaps of them because everyone should be using something as lovely as this to give their wonderful hand made loaves their coup de grace :)

  4. January 27, 2013    

    i just love your philosophy behind the work you do and the actual product is a work of art..

  5. Brenda Mumm Brenda Mumm
    January 27, 2013    

    These are so beautiful compared to my crappy plastic one that has fallen apart so I will be ordering! :)

  6. Lawrence Huff Lawrence Huff
    January 27, 2013    

    Hi Wyllis,

    Can you send me one to Japan? Without the blade of course. How much are they?

    Lawrence Huff
    1326-1 Miyayama
    Kamogawa-shi, Chiba-ken
    296-0012 Japan

    • February 3, 2013    

      Hello Lawrence,

      Yup! I can send them to Japan. They are $ 14.95 each.
      I have a few Lames available with special shipping offers implemented for Japan here…

      I am currently working on another batch of Black Walnut Lames and they should be available by feb 8th 2013.

      Let me know if you have any more questions.


  7. Bob Evans Bob Evans
    January 28, 2013    

    Even though I already had one of the green plastic ones with the curved, French blade, I ordered one of these and could not be happier. It is beautiful to look at and slashes the loaves beautifully.

  8. albert peloso albert peloso
    January 29, 2013    

    Hi! I am a TFL member and there was a post for your beautiful lames. I would like to buy one but I can’t access anywhere to buy on your website. Can you let me know? and I will give you an address and credit card. Thankyou !!!!!

    • February 1, 2013    

      Hello Albert,

      Sorry for the confusion. It could be that you weren’t able to see them because I ran out of stock for the Black Walnut lames. I’m already working to make another batch but am afraid they wont be available for a while. However, I do have Maple lames in stock and just completed my first batch of Bamboo lames this morning.

      I have a small amazon shop where you can see all the most recent Lame options available here..

      I will have the black Walnut Lames listed in the shop above as soon as my latest batch is complete

      They are also for sale at the store on my moms NorthWest Sourdough Website here…

      Thank you so much for your support. I hope this helps! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at


  9. February 3, 2013    


    I just wanted to thank everybody for the wonderful comments I have received!


  10. Ray Ray
    February 4, 2013    

    mine arrived Saturday the second. the workmanship is wonderful and I love the new fasteners.

    I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet but I will soon

    thanks again for the good work and speedy service

  11. Greg Esres Greg Esres
    July 31, 2013    

    These lames are beautiful. Question: most lames have a curved blade. What are the pros/cons of having this straight blade?

  12. david david
    December 16, 2013    

    amazing stuff!!! I really really want one but I live in London UK. How do I go about getting myself one? :)

  13. January 3, 2014    

    Saw this in a video on youtube and a few minutes on Bing brought me to your website and then back to Amazon. Originally searched for them on Amazon with no luck. Ordered the black walnut version, can’t wait to get mine!!

  14. Lorenzo Lorenzo
    January 27, 2015    

    Hi Wyllis.
    Is it possible to send them in Italy. I’ve tried the links but Amazon says that they are no longer available…


  15. Ted R Ted R
    August 26, 2015    

    Do you sell a left-handed version?

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