Hole-y Cutting Boards!
I was just about to post a question regarding what useful purpose a hole in a cutting board might serve (this has always perplexed me), but not wanting to seem uninformed, I decided to first do a little research (using google). I found some interesting answers on various sites and thought I'd share just in case there are any other wondering wooters.
As small as the holes appear in the picture of these particular boards, their purpose is most likely described in these two quotes:
Thumb hole is designed for easy hanging from a hook or pot rack,...
The thumb hole allows you to hold it with one hand and also provides a way to hang it on the wall if you so desire.
However, apparently there are also other purposes for such holes (if the hole is much larger, or for multiple holes):
If you need to accommodate a waste chute, bain marie pot or have pins on your work surface to hold your cutting board in place, holes are a great option.
But this has to be my personal favorite:
With a thumb-hole reminiscent of a painter's palette, the bamboo cutting board will bring out the artistic side of any chef...The board also serves as a suitable presentation platter for your artful works.