Wood Countertops Are Nature's Original
The very first surfaces used by man for food preparation and serving were made of stone, but as humans migrated to walled domiciles and the kitchen replaced the fire pit as the hub of the family's universe, wood replaced stone as the natural choice for table and counter tops. While it's not as durable as stone, wood is certainly more practical, considering its weight, cutability and natural beauty.
Boos Wood Counter and Island Tops Come in Maple, Walnut, Cherry and Red Oak
Among the most popular tree species used in the making of wood countertops are maple, walnut, cherry and oak. Maple, far and away, leads in popularity. It's the most affordable, due to its abundance, but its appearance is what wins over fans. Northern Hard Rock Maple features neutral colors that range from light to a moderate brown, making it suitable for almost any kitchen decor. If you're seeking a slightly darker shade of brown with a hint of red, then Appalachian Red Oak might be the way to go. Darker still is rich American Walnut. Or if you'd prefer a reddish hue, consider Amercian Cherry wood for rich-looking kitchen counters that will truly make a statement.
Boos' Standard-Size Wooden Counters are Butcher-Block Style
Boos & Co. has been making butcher blocks for more than a century. They are constructed by thermo-bonding together narrow rails of wood. You can choose from three grain styles. Edge-grain counters are most popular due to their clean symmetry. Rails run the full length of the counter, so there are no short pieces and consequently, no seams running perpendicular to the major seams. Blended-grain counters utilize rails of varying sizes, so they include seams running in both directions. This can make for an interesting, patchwork look. Finally, there's end grain - the most expensive grain style. In end-grain counters, very short rails standing on their ends are bonded together, side by side. This delivers a checkerboard-like appearance that can be mesmerizing. Plus, end-grain wood countertops can better absorb sharp knife blades. Boos makes a vast number of standard-size wood tops so you're likely to find one that fits your job. If not, you can order custom-size wooden counters from John Boos.
Butcher Block Co. Counter Tops Are Made to Order. They Come in 15 Different Species of Wood.
Whereas Boos & Co. offers a wide array of maple, cherry, oak and walnut in popular, standard sizes, ALL wooden tops offered by BB. Co. are made to customers' specifications. BB Co. offers edge and end-grain styles that differ slightly from John Boos' styles, plus plank-style countertops that utilize wood planks that range in width from 3 to 6 inches and highlight wood's pleasing face grain. In addition to the four wood species offered by Boos, BB Co. tops come in Ash, Beech, Birch, Brazilian Cherry, Hickory, Knotty Alder, Knotty Pine, Mahogany, Poplar, Spanish Cedar and White Oak.