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Maple

An all-American favorite, with its warm golden color and its mostly straight grain, sugar maple is the state tree of New York, Wisconsin, Vermont and West Virginia. Very versatile, it is used for bowling pins, bowling alley lanes, pool cue shafts, butcher's blocks, baseball bats and is a favorite of American furniture manufacturers. It was even used to make women shoe heels until the turn of the century! Hard maple is also a standard wood for cutting boards because it imparts no taste to food and holds up well. A classic!  

 

Walnut

Walnut trees are predominantly grown in North America, California being the largest purveyor of the trees. Centuries ago, Native Americans would extract oil from the Walnut tree to cook corn and beans. Another fun fact is that a handful of tasty black walnuts contain more protein than two slices of bacon! Noble, lustrous, durable, it has an aristocratic looks to it, and its rich dark tones makes the food you’re cutting or serving on it stand out. A pick of choice!

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Cherry

Another America’s favorite! "New England Mahogany", as called by early Colonial furniture makers, as a color similar to mahogany that darkens with age. Satiny to the touch, the grain of the cherry tree is very desirable because of its unique ripple figures and reddish brown shades. It's strong, moderately hard and has excellent shock resistance, which makes it a very good option for a cutting board. Early printmakers even used it for their printing blocks! Black cherry trees grow throughout the Midwest to Eastern U.S.

 
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Mahogany

Mahogany wood has a reddish-brown color that darkens over time, it is very popular due to this fact and also its very high durability. It is the national tree of the Dominican Republic and Belize. The properties of the Mahogany make it a favorable wood for crafting cabinets furniture and other wood products. It also resists wood rot, making it a great choice when water could affect things such as outdoor decking or boating construction..

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Pine

Pine is one of the most extensively used types of lumber, the pine family is also the largest conifer family. The trees grow to be between 15 and 45 meters tall and are native to the Northern Hemisphere. Pine trees are among the most commercially important tree species valued for their timber and wood pulp throughout the world. An interesting fact is that pine needles served as food for many species of butterfly and moths.

 
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Alder

As a hardwood, Alder is used in making furniture, cabinets, and other woodworking products such as boards. Red and yellow dye can be made from the outer and inner bark respectively. It is native to the north temperate zone and Central America. The largest species of Alder are the Red Alder and the Black Alder.

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Bamboo

Bamboos are the largest members of the grass family and they include some of the fastest growing plants in the world. It has notable economic and cultural significance in Asia and is even used as a food source raw or cooked and even used in tea. Bamboo is also the main food of the giant panda, making up 99% of it's diet. Bamboo is used everyday by many different domains in major part because of it's high versatility.

 
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Oak

The Oak is native to the Northern Hemisphere and North America has the largest number of oak species. The fruit that falls from these trees is called an acorn. The Oak wood is very resistant to insect and fungal attack because of its high tannin content. The first recorded use of Oak was to build Viking longships in the 9th and 10th centuries using Oak planks. It is currently very popular in making barrels to age wine and spirits.

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Cedar

The Cedar's true name is Cedrus and is native to the mountains of the western Himalayas and the Mediterranean region, naturally occuring only in altitudes of 1000 meters or more. They are a genus of coniferous trees, which means that they drop seed cones and they are adapted to harsh mountainous climate. Theya re popular ornamental trees and an interesting fact is that the Cedar wood and the cedarwood oil is naturally repellent to moths.

 
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Acacia

Also known as the wattles, but more well know as Acacia, this species is native to Angola and Australasia. These trees are present in all terrestial habitats in various forms because of the large number of different sub-species that numbers in the thousands. The seeds and flowers can be eaten raw or cooked and make for great nutritional food. Acacia is mentioned many times in old texts and books starting from ancient Egyptian proverbs.

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Olive

The Olive tree is know for many things, namely it's fruit which is eaten worldwide and the olive oil used in cooking. It is said that consuming these products has many health benefits. The wood of the olive tree is prized around the world, but it originates from the Mediterranean east coast. The wood is very strong and used mostly to create high-end products such as stylish furniture or expensive wood projects.

 
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Multi-species

These beautiful multi species cutting boards are available in many variations using either maple, walnut or cherry hardwood. They possess qualities of the species they use, bringing some enhancement to the cutting board since it has the qualities of two different species. The multi-species boards will bring the best of two worlds onto your hardwood cutting board and will also pique the curiosity of your fellows.

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Thermal Maple

Torrefaction caramelizes the wood at a high temperature (between 160 and 240 degrees Celsius) in a low oxygen environment, emphasizing the wood grain and giving it a beautiful change in color. This treatment leaves our hardwood maple boards a beautiful coffee brown with the strength of the board being on par with one untreated. Torrefied wood is an entirely natural and eco-friendly choice, eliminating the use of any harmful chemicals. Torrefied wood has also less of a tendency to warp or shrink due to temperature and humidity variations.

 
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Rubberwood

Also know as plantation hardwood, it is said that Rubberwood is environmental friendly because the tree already served another purpose, making Rubber. In the past, the trees were burned at the end of their latex-producing cycle, but times have changed and the wood is now cut to be used. It is easily worked and usually used to make furniture or other wood projects. One of it's qualities is that it has very low shrinkage making it very stable.

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Teak

Originating from tropical areas in South Asia, this hardwood tree is well known for its water resistances and great durability. It has now been naturalized and cultivated in some parts of Africa and the Caribbean. It is vastly used for boat building, exterior construction, furniture and other wood projects. The tallest Teak tree in the world is 47.5 metres tall and is said to be between 450 and 500 years of age.

 
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Yellow Birch

Also called Golden birch or Swamp birch, these names refer to the golden color of the tree's bark. It is the provincial tree of Quebec where it is commonly called Merisier. It is considered the most important species of Birch for lumber and is extensively used for flooring, doors, furniture, veneer, cabinetry, gun stocks and toothpicks. It was popular in the past for wagon wheels. Yellow Birch was also once used medicinally by Native Americans as a blood purifier and for other medicinal uses.

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Baltic Birch

Baltic birch is not exactly a species in itself but more of a general designation of plywood from Russia, Finland, and nearby Baltic states. It is usually used to make various kinds of furniture. It possesses a light color and features a uniform grain, smooth texture and outstanding durability making it suitable for a variety of different projects. Therefore, it is very popular among woodworkers and the likes.

 
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Richlite Fiber

This species is made from paper composite panels. They are made from recycled materials, making them eco-friendly. They are dishwasher safe and heat resistant of up to 350°F. The engravings on these boards look incredibly clear and will last through the toughest washes. Extremely durable to knife scratches and can be sanded if need be. These boards are robust and anything but fragile. They are perfect for laser engravers, as corporate gifts and for use in restaurants.

 
If you have questions regarding wood species or if you would like to suggest us a wood species you would like to see in our inventory, be sure to contact us!
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To receive wholesale pricing, the minimum order requirement is 20 cutting boards of one of our cutting board models listed below. Most models can be ordered in either Maple or Walnut and some are available in Cherry wood.

To receive wholesale pricing, the minimum order requirement is 20 cutting boards.

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