Wood Countertops Are Nature's (Almost) Original
The very first surfaces used by man for food preparation and meal 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 countertops supplanted stone surfaces. While they’re not as durable as stone, wood countertops are certainly more practical, considering their durability, cutability, affordability and natural beauty.
Boos Wood Counter and Island Tops Come in Maple, Walnut, Cherry and Red Oak
Maple is the most popular species of wood countertop, followed by walnut, cherry and oak, respectively. Among these species, maple butcher block countertops are the most affordable, due to maple’s relative abundance and aesthetics. Northern Hard Rock Maple butcher block 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 butcher block might be the way to go. Darker still is rich American Walnut. Or if you'd prefer a reddish hue, consider American Cherry wood for a rich-looking butcher block countertop 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. Butcher block is constructed by thermo-bonding together narrow rails of wood. You can choose from three grain styles. Edge-grain butcher block countertops are most popular due to their clean symmetry. Wooden 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 butcher block countertops utilize wooden rails of varying sizes, so they include seams running in both directions. This can make for an interesting, patchwork-quilt look.
Finally, there's end grain butcher block - the most expensive 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.-Brand Counter and Island Tops Come in 15 Different Species of Wood.
Whereas John Boos & Co. offers a wide array of standard-size and custom countertops in maple, walnut, cherry, and oak butcher block, ALL wooden countertops 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.