xxTake a good look at the cookie board of the sailing ship (right). There are some splits in the mold, scrapes and scratches on the surface, and even some worm holes. The carving appears to be very detailed, all the way down to the name of the ship and the date of "1862". It really does look like an excellent 19th century wooden cookie board, but it isn't. No, this is a wood resin reproduction of an actual cookie board. It is such a good reproduction that I bought it after seeing a photograph of it and I was convinced I had made a nice find. However, once I had the mold in my hands I immediately recognized that the mold was not carved from wood.

Identifying a cookie board reproduction which is made from resin is not difficult, if you have the mold in your hands. Molds made of resin are noticably heavier than a wooden mold of the same size. The back of the mold is often very smooth and lacks normal signs of wear. But the best way to differentiate resin reproductions from the real McCoy is to feel the mold itself. Even the novice collector of wooden cookie boards can tell that the material used to create the mold is not wood. It will feel like plastic and if you put your nose to the mold, you will notice it doesn't even smell like wood.

There are pros and cons to these resin reproductions. On a positive note, some collectors have reproductions made of their old molds so that they may use the mold, without damaging the original cookie board. Resin molds do make excellent cookies and are easier to use than old wooden molds. Resin reproductions also give many people the chance to collect cookie boards, without paying the higher prices that most early cookie boards demand in today's market. The down side of resin reproductions is for collectors like myself who only collect old wooden examples of cookie boards. Collectors often buy from photographs and the resin molds are almost impossible to detect visually, unless he or she has seen that reproduction before.

A side view of the ship reproduction cookie mold clearly shows the layers of resin material that the mold is made from. Also, the thickness of this mold is only 1/2-inch.
Front of Laxa Family mold
Back of Laxa Family mold
xxThe Laxa Family cookie molds are yet another great example of resin reproductions. They tend to be similar in weight to real wood, and because they are copies of period cookie boards ,they look like the real thing. However, like the ship cookie board above, these molds are easily identified as being repros. Many of the Laxa Family molds will have a sticker (above and left) which identify it as a Laxa Family mold. Also, every Laxa mold will have a crest impressed into the back of the mold. Most of the Laxa Family molds were produced in the 1960's and 1970's. As before, these cookie molds may be desireable to those collectors who don't want to pay premium prices for period cookie boards.
Detail of crest found on the back of all resin reproduction cookie mold manufactured by the Laxa Family.