This end grain block utilizes a brickwork pattern inspired from the brick buildings and brownstones of Brooklyn. An advantage of offsetting the bricks is that it is inherently a stronger joint than your typical checkerboard pattern. For the record, an end grain board is better for your knives and more sanitary than your edge grain or plastic board. The wood fibers on an end grain board are facing upwards so when you cut down onto the board, you’re actually cutting in between the wood fibers as opposed to cutting through the fibers like on an edge grain board which makes a permanent cut into the wood. This permanent cut into an edge grain or plastic board also ends up being a place for bacteria to reside.
Walnut is characterized by the rich dark hues in the heartwood and its golden coloration in its sapwood, sometimes also with subtle undertones of purple, whereas cherry is notable for its orange to fiery red heartwood and paler, more yellow sapwood. Maple is beige in color, and Beech is not too dissimilar but is distinct with warmer hue and speckled grain. Oak is characterized by its yellow ocre color and prominent grain. In terms of hardness, cherry is the softest, maple (the industry standard) and beech is the hardest, and walnut is in the middle and oak a little harder than that. Don't overthink it though;all are more than suitable for your kitchen's needs. My one comment would be that Oak is more porous than the other woods, but treating it regularly with Bees Buffer should eliminate any potential issues.
Every part and stage of production of our pieces take place between Texas and New York. The wood grows in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. It comes rough cut to the shop in Brooklyn where we mill it ourselves. The glue I use is manufactured in Ohio and is waterproof and is FDA approved food safe. The mineral oil used to treat each board is from Texas. The refuse is then leached and composted at Build It Green's BIGNYC composting project in Queens.
Prices run as follows
If I'm ever out of stock or you want a meat groove or anything for your custom cuttingboard, please contact me via the form on the contact page.
Until I label each photo...
1. Walnut, 2. Maple, 3. Cherry, 4&5. Oak, 6&7. Beech