I think all of us are suckers for wood in one form or another. Who can resist such a gorgeous material? Add to that it’s strength and suppleness, and there’s no wonder we’re still building houses with it. Along with chairs and tables. And cutting boards.
In my kitchen I enjoy the look of our maple boards against our black granite countertops as much as I enjoy the feel of chopping on them. And I enjoy the texture of the grain and the heft and weight of the wood just as much as I do knowing my knives are properly protected by the natural give and take of the wood fibers. That’s what makes wood so useful. Beauty meets functionality.
And that’s probably one of the main reasons wooden cutting boards are still so fiercely popular and why a company like John Boos & Co has flourished as their premier manufacturer. For 125 years. Ever since the founder, Conrad Boos, made his first three-legged blocks out of local Sycamore trees for a blacksmith. The butcher saw it and wanted one of his own and the rest is, as they say, “history.”
Although I don’t own a Boos cutting board yet, they’re definitely on my “to buy” list. It’s not just that they’re attractive, but that I empathize with the company’s respect for workmanship. This is a quality it seems the world of modern manufacturing has been lacking of late. Which makes me sad. And makes me grateful for companies I stumble across that still respect the old ways.
Take a gander at Boos’ range of products—from classic home cutting boards to professional-style chopping blocks. They cover the gamut. They’ve gone quite beyond regular butcher blocks into major kitchen furnishings. . .
John Boos Edge-Grain Reversible Cutting Board 12 x 18 x 1 1/2 inch / maple
John Boos Butcher Block Table 18 x 18 x 36 inch / maple
John Boos Edge-Grain Fusion Board 20 x 15 x 1 inch / walnut
John Boos Le Rustica Block Table 48 x 24 inch / cherry