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Butcher Blocks

Butcher Blocks Combine Beauty & Strength. They Add Elegance and Functionality to Kitchens.

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Gathering Blocks 
maple standing butcher blocks
Rustica & LeRustica
end-grain cherry & maple butcher blocks
Cucina Laforza 
walnut, cherry & maple end-grain standing blocks
Homestead Blocks
maple, walnut & cherry Homestead Butcher Blocks

Contemporary John Boos

Contemporary John Boos "AA" Butcher Block, 16" Maple Block in 11 Sizes

$889.00 $1,111.00 Learn More
Traditional John Boos

Traditional John Boos "AB" Block - 10" Maple Butcher Block in 5 Sizes

$719.00 $899.00 Learn More
Boos Butlers Block - 5

Boos Butlers Block - 5" Maple End-Grain Butcher Block, Shelf, 30"x24"x34"H

$1,349.00 $1,686.00 Learn More
Boos Maple Cucina Laforza - 6

Boos Maple Cucina Laforza - 6" Butcher Block on Stainless Steel, 24"x24"

$1,032.00 $1,290.00 Learn More
Boos Maple Rustica Butcher Block - Colorful Options for Base of Table

Boos Maple Rustica Butcher Block - Colorful Options for Base of Table

$1,299.00 $1,624.00 Learn More
Boos Maple Rustica Butcher Block with Solid Shelf - 30

Boos Maple Rustica Butcher Block with Solid Shelf - 30" or 48" x 24"

$1,519.00 $1,899.00 Learn More
Boos Gathering Block I - 25x24x4 Maple Butcher Block Top, Basket Drawer

Boos Gathering Block I - 25x24x4 Maple Butcher Block Top, Basket Drawer

$1,269.00 $1,586.00 Learn More
John Boos Steamer Block - 5”-Thick Butcher Block, Many Base Finish Options

John Boos Steamer Block - 5”-Thick Butcher Block, Many Base Finish Options

$1,519.00 $1,899.00 Learn More
Boos Gourmet Block/Cart – 24

Boos Gourmet Block/Cart – 24" x 24" x 4" End-Grain Maple, Slatted Shelf

$821.00 $1,026.00 Learn More
Boos Cherry Pro Prep Bloc –  4

Boos Cherry Pro Prep Bloc – 4"-Thick Butcher Block, Optional Pot Rack, 4 Sizes

$995.00 $1,244.00 Learn More
John Boos Metro Station - 24x24x4 Butcher Block on Stainless Steel Frame, 36

John Boos Metro Station - 24x24x4 Butcher Block on Stainless Steel Frame, 36"H

$999.00 $1,249.00 Learn More
John Boos “PCA” Block - 10” Thick Butcher Block, Knife Holder, 5 Sizes

John Boos “PCA” Block - 10” Thick Butcher Block, Knife Holder, 5 Sizes

$619.00 $774.00 Learn More
Boos Pro Prep Block – Maple Butcher Block or Cart, Towel Bars, 4 Sizes

Boos Pro Prep Block – Maple Butcher Block or Cart, Towel Bars, 4 Sizes

$899.00 $1,124.00 Learn More
Boos Pro Prep Block & Pot Rack - 4

Boos Pro Prep Block & Pot Rack - 4" Maple Butcher Block Top, 4 Sizes

$1,168.00 $1,460.00 Learn More
Bloc de Foyer - End Grain Cherry Butcher Block with Drawer, 36

Bloc de Foyer - End Grain Cherry Butcher Block with Drawer, 36"x24", 34"H

$1,801.00 $2,251.00 Learn More
Boos Le Bloc - 10

Boos Le Bloc - 10" Cherry Butcher Block on Black Pencil Legs

$783.00 $979.00 Learn More
Boos Le Rustica - 4

Boos Le Rustica - 4" Cherry Butcher Block, Black Legs, 30"-48" Long

$1,992.00 $2,490.00 Learn More
Boos Le Rustica 4

Boos Le Rustica 4" Cherry Block on Black Legs, with Slatted Cherry Shelf

$2,204.00 $2,755.00 Learn More
Boos Saratoga Farm Maple Butcher Block on Spindle Legs - 24x24 or 30x24

Boos Saratoga Farm Maple Butcher Block on Spindle Legs - 24x24 or 30x24

$799.00 $999.00 Learn More
Boos 36

Boos 36"x24"x5" Maple Homestead Butcher Block - Choose Color of Base

$1,519.00 $1,899.00 Learn More
John Boos 30

John Boos 30" x 24" Chef's Block - 4" Maple Butcher Block, Slatted Shelf

$879.00 $1,099.00 Learn More
John Boos 30x24 Chef's Block - 4

John Boos 30x24 Chef's Block - 4" End-Grain Maple Butcher Block, 36" Tall

$739.00 $924.00 Learn More
Boos Cherry Homestead - Cherry Block on Alabaster Base, 36

Boos Cherry Homestead - Cherry Block on Alabaster Base, 36"x24"x34"H

$1,769.00 $2,211.00 Learn More
Boos Walnut Homestead Butcher Block, Alabaster Base - 36

Boos Walnut Homestead Butcher Block, Alabaster Base - 36"x24"x34"H

$2,859.00 $3,574.00 Learn More
Boos Cherry Rustica - 4

Boos Cherry Rustica - 4" Cherry Butcher Block on Alabaster-White Base

$1,430.00 $1,788.00 Learn More
Boos Walnut Rustica – 4

Boos Walnut Rustica – 4" Walnut Butcher Block on Alabaster-White Base

$2,299.00 $2,874.00 Learn More
Boos Jasmine Block – 3

Boos Jasmine Block – 3" Maple Butcher Block on Colored Base, 24, 36, 48"L

$1,059.00 $1,324.00 Learn More
John Boos 10” Thick Walnut Butcher Block on Black Pencil Legs, 5 Sizes

John Boos 10” Thick Walnut Butcher Block on Black Pencil Legs, 5 Sizes

$979.00 $1,224.00 Learn More
Boos Cherry Cucina Laforza - 24x24x6 Butcher Block on Stainless Steel

Boos Cherry Cucina Laforza - 24x24x6 Butcher Block on Stainless Steel

$1,201.00 $1,501.00 Learn More
Boos Gathering Block II – 36x24 End-Grain Butcher Block, 2 Basket Drawers

Boos Gathering Block II – 36x24 End-Grain Butcher Block, 2 Basket Drawers

$1,773.00 $2,216.00 Learn More
Boos Gathering Block III - 48x24 Butcher Block 4

Boos Gathering Block III - 48x24 Butcher Block 4" Thick, 3 Basket Drawers

$2,289.00 $2,861.00 Learn More
Boos Walnut Cucina Laforza - 24x24x6

Boos Walnut Cucina Laforza - 24x24x6" Butcher Block on Stainless Steel

$1,783.00 $2,229.00 Learn More
Boos Walnut Gathering Block III - 48x24, 4

Boos Walnut Gathering Block III - 48x24, 4" Walnut Butcher Block Table

$3,799.00 $4,749.00 Learn More
Catskill 24x24 Country Butcher Block - Stainless Steel Towel Bars

Catskill 24x24 Country Butcher Block - Stainless Steel Towel Bars

$449.00 $559.00 Learn More
Powell 30

Powell 30"-Square Color Story Butcher Block – Slatted Shelf, Basket

$549.00 $686.00 Learn More

Butchers' Blocks Were First Used by Blacksmiths in the Nineteenth Century

Blacksmiths have always needed a rugged and stable surface on which they could hammer, bend and cut wroght iron or steel into useful objects. In the 1800s they shaped fire-hot iron into horseshoes using anvils they placed on tree stumps. This led to the idea of mounting thick slices of trees' trunks atop sturdy wooden legs so that these makeshift tables could be moved inside the smithies/ shops. Blacksmiths marveled at how well the cross-sectioned slabs - just like the tree stumps before them - absorbed the explosive impact of hammer against anvil.

Chopping Block Tables Then Migrated to the Masses

Recognizing that butchers too, had need for sturdy wooden tables on which they could chop and carve meat, the founders of Boos & Co. began peddling their chop-block tables to meat shops, and the butcher's block was born. In the first half of the twentieth century these versatile blocks migrated from corner butcher shops to supermarkets, then to the commercial kitchens of restaurants and delis, and finally, into America’s kitchens.

End-grain Butcher Blocks Are Sturdiest

Those first chopping blocks exposed end-grain wood - the cut ends of wood planks. As such, they capitalize on hardwood's vertical strength and the resilience of its fiber-rich, sawn ends. The next advance was the creation of even tougher "composite" blocks comprised of many small blocks fused together using glue and high pressure. These blocks could withstand serious pounding and chopping without risk of cracking or splitting.

Besides being exceedingly tough, end-grain surfaces are also quite attractive. Since each individual wood stave contributes its own unique cross section of a tree's growth rings, the finished surface has the appearance of a forgeous checkerboard. To this day many people still associate the term butcher block exclusively with this particular look and structure: end-grain style.

Butcher Block Styles

Edge-grain and Blended Are Other Butcher Block Styles 

Both types show the edges of wood planks or staves. Edge-grain is more uniform in appearance. Each rail in an edge-grain block runs its full length, whereas a "stripe" in a blended block can be comprised of two or more wood staves (other than the outer rails) that are finger-jointed together.

Butcher Blocks Come with Natural Oil or Varnish Finishes

If you intend to prepare meals on your butcher block, then opt for a food-safe, natural oil finish. Note however, that you will need to re-apply oil to the block every 3 or 4 weeks in order to keep it moisturized for safe use and longer life. If, on the other hand, your interest in butcher blocks traces to their fine-furniture look and you’re not up for regular re-oiling, then you could consider a semi-gloss, varnish-like finish (e.g., John Boos' Varnique). Wood surfaces finished with Varnique require little maintenance and are quite easy to clean with soapy water and a sponge or cloth rag or towel. Note however, that varnished surfaces should not be cut upon since knife blades can cut into and scar them, leaving them susceptible to spilled liquids that could impregnate the wood. Instead, place a cutting board on the top of the block.

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