A Boos Block Can Be as Small as a Breadbox and as Large as a Kitchen Island
At one end of the spectrum you'll find a John Boos butcher block cutting board measuring under one square foot, and at the other end a butcher block countertop several feet wide and many feet in length. In between you’ll find standing blocks and tables, kitchen islands and kitchen carts of various sizes. What they all have in common is that they are Boos Blocks – i.e., they all feature butcher blocks made by Boos & Company in Effingham, Illinois.
Boos Blocks Debuted in 1887
Boos & Co. made their first butcher blocks more than 125 years ago. While the company has continuously refined its manufacturing processes to make these boards stronger and longer-lasting, today’s Boos blocks and boards are every bit as authentic and beautiful as those made in the late 1800s. Each one is created by cutting, gluing and bonding together rails of North American hardwood.
John Boos Is Recognized as “Best in Class”
Boos & Co. is the butcher’s block industry leader. The company uses only the best raw materials and leverages deep product knowledge and craftsmanship accumulated over many decades. They use North American hardwood that’s harvested from forests that are sustainably managed. Consequently, these forests are sure to be around for subsequent generations of Americans to admire and to rely on for home building materials and home furnishings.
Boos Makes Blocks Using Four Different Hardwoods
Rock Maple blocks are most popular. Not only is maple the most affordable species of hardwood, it’s also the hardest and its appearance is the most uniform and its colors the most neutral. Its combination of yellow, cream, tan and light to medium brown delivers a soft and pleasing look that fits a wide range of kitchen decors. Appalachian Red Oak tends to be a bit darker than maple, and American Cherry is of course redder and incorporates some cream and pink tones. Interestingly, Cherry patinas, or darkens, over time.
The outlier hardwood is American Black Walnut. It’s the most expensive of the four hardwoods and certainly the most dramatic in appearance. Walnut tends to show color variation that ranges from milky white all the way to dark brown. Walnut’s dark look conveys a sense of richness, making it a very popular choice for high-end kitchen counters and islands, for example.