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Butcher Block Is Used To Create A Variety Of Items

By Paul White

Having been around since the 1880′s, butcher block usage is here to stay. Previous to its creation, people used a round slab of a tree trunk to cut on. Today, instead of going out and cutting down a tree and slicing it for a cutting board, you can go to the store and pick one up. The modern day usage is easier to handle and care for then its predecessor.

These items are created by gluing 4 inch thick strips together to form the piece. There are two techniques, the end or the edge grain technique. The wood fiber is set vertical to the surface for end grain, and the edge grain has the fiber parallel to its surface.

Usage of these items has spread from the meat packing plants and butcher shops to restaurants and modern homes. Butchers favor the design of an end grain because it will absorb the cut of the knife, helping to keep it sharp. Customarily a butcher would get his first cutting board as an apprentice. Then as the board wore down he would resurface it, keeping it throughout his career

This assembled wood design can be made into a number of different items, most of which are used in the modern kitchen. Knifes are sold as part of a set that comes with a holder that is made in this way. They are quite decorative and many kitchens have them sitting on a counter for easy access to the knives. Frequently you will see these knife holders with dark wood pressed next to a lighter wood, causing a design to be made by the wood used. This is also very popular in the cutting boards.

Carts can be made using this method, rolling out to help the cook when she needs more counter space. Kitchen islands and counter tops with this technique are being found in modern kitchens, as well as the matching cutting boards.

Tables are one of the latest items being created in the butcher block design. Many homes and restaurants are sporting these beautiful creations. Restaurants can order them in any size they need to fit their customer eating area. The thickness of these tables causes them to be quite long-lasting which makes them a high-quality asset for restaurants and homes alike.

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