Butcher block adds style and functionality to every kitchen. With a butcher block countertop, you’ll never have to waste time looking for a cutting board. All our custom butcher block pieces are unique because you choose the woods and the construction style. When you’re designing your dream kitchen, think about including butcher block to make the most of your space and add visual appeal to your counters.
The Beauty of Butcher Block
Our butcher block is stylish and sturdy. We’ve built checkerboard butcher block, butcher block with dimensional patterns and striped edge grain butcher block. In fact, our artisans can build butcher block in almost any design you want.
Some woods, like walnut, come in a range of colors and can be used to create a contrasting, rustic-style butcher block countertop. Butcher block made from light and dark pieces of maple gives a soft, vintage look to your country kitchen. American cherry butcher block is the color of honey and adds light and warmth to any traditional kitchen.
An end grain butcher block countertop produces a checkerboard effect. The woods used in end grain-style butcher block can be arranged in a pattern of individual pieces, randomly or in a brickwork style. The brickwork butcher block pattern works particularly well with light to medium woods like maple.
A popular kitchen decorating style uses a single impressive dark surface in a white or nearly all white kitchen. A dark butcher block countertop looks stunning in a white kitchen with a light hardwood floor. Black walnut has a striking grain that gives the dark brown wood additional visual interest and depth.
What Style of Butcher Block is Best?
An edge grain butcher block countertop is made from long strips of wood. End grain butcher block consists of small pieces of scrap wood. Either construction style results in a safe cutting surface. You can cut meat on hardwood because hardwood is naturally resistant to bacterial growth.
Edge grain butcher block is harder than end grain, so you’ll have to sharpen your knives more often than you would with end grain. When you cut food on an end grain butcher block countertop, your blade slices into the wood. This preserves the edge and is one of the major considerations when choosing between styles of butcher block construction.
How to Keep Butcher Block Looking Great
We use a butcher block conditioner to finish and protect wood countertops that will be used for preparing food. Your countertop will accumulate marks from use over the years. That’s perfectly OK because this is part of the special character of butcher block. We can usually repair accidental damage by sanding and refinishing your butcher block counter.
Ready for a more beautiful kitchen? Then you want useful and attractive beautiful butcher block in your dream kitchen. Call Maryland Wood Countertops today at 443-840-7373 for a consultation.