Details : Know Your Wood

We make all of our cutting boards from walnut, maple, or oak.

It goes without saying that all three make excellent cutting boards; they're all hard-hardwoods, safe for food use, and quite durable.

But let's take a deeper dive and learn some less commonly known information about this holy trinity of woods . . .

Claro Walnut

Claro walnut is every Portland woodworker's mascot. Though non-native, claro walnut specifically grows here in the Pacific Northwest especially, meaning we're able to source it directly from local sawyers. Rather than growing and cultivating it, these sawyers seek out fallen or damaged trees, thus the name salvaged wood. 

Scientific Name: Juglans hindsii

Janka Rating (measures the force required to imbed half the diameter of a 11.28mm steel ball): 1,130 pound-feet

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown, with hues ranging from purple to red - sapwood is nearly white. 

Fun Fact: Claro walnut is planted as rootstock for walnut orchards. The more proficient fruiting english walnut is later graphed on. It's not uncommon to find lumber that displays this unity. 

(L) The every varying appearance of claro walnut. (R) A consistently dark chocolate brown claro walnut end-grain butcher block.

(L) The every varying appearance of claro walnut. (R) A consistently dark chocolate brown claro walnut end-grain butcher block.

White Oak

White oak is strong, stubborn, and downright American. That's exactly why we like it.

Scientific Name: Quercus garryana

Janka Rating: 1,640 lbf

Appearance: Consistent amber-gold with quite a visual texture, even when finely sanded.

Fun Fact: Nick Offerman, aka Ron Swanson of  Parks and Recreation fame, and founder of Offerman woodshops was once quoted saying American Oak is his favorite wood. 

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Hard Maple

Hard maple, aka sugar maple is, yup, you guessed it, where your coveted maple syrup comes from. It grows mostly in the Northeastern United States. We do have a local variety of maple here in the Pacific Northwest, a particularly beautiful variety called big-leaf maple. We use it when the softer variety is needed for a project, but usually (not always) hard maple makes for a better cutting board.

Scientific Name: Acer saccharum

Janka Rating: 1,450 lbf

Appearance: Consistent eggshell color

Fun Fact: Hard maple is the state tree of four states, New York, West Virginia, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

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