Chips, Scratches and Pry Marks
xXChips, scratches, and pry marks are all forms of condition problems commonly found on cookie and cake boards. Chips and scratches originate from various means, but mostly they come from general use in the bakery. Pry marks are made when the baker has trouble removing the dough from the mold, and they use a knife or other sharp implement to pry the dough from the mold. All three of these problems are acceptable to most collectors, but overall value is affected if the design of the board is distorted or altered by this damage.
Chips are evident in this picture, as well as the wood loss associated with this type of damage. This is a perfect example of pry marks. Notice how the excessive prying around the man's hat has begun to distort the carved image.