Lightly spalted and ambrosia maple make a uniquely pleasing end grain chopping surface in any size. Spalted maple is affordable, presents amazing possibilities and subtlety of grain pattern, and is just as durable and safe as plain old maple if built and cared for properly.
By far the most … character for your money, very generally-speaking I typically charge approximately $35-40/BF for ambrosia maple in END GRAIN construction, where one board foot is 12" x 12" x 1" thick. (By comparison, a mass-produced plain and generic-looking butcher block top sold at Lowes or Home Depot generally costs around $35/BF, and is built from smaller pieces more likely to come apart, and with far less careful and personal attention, needless to say.)
Western North Carolina is a uniquely rich area for woodworking, often associated with such titles as "the cradle of forestry" and "furniture capital of the world." From my workshop in West Asheville, I have ready access to abundant local maple, cherry, and walnut (just to name a few), although I readily use sustainably harvested foreign species as well. I can craft your custom block or island top using any one of a variety of grain construction methods, although end grain is by far superior when it comes to a daily working surface. Self-healing, non-scarring, and far gentler on your good knives than any other, end grain is a true pleasure to use and will endure for decades or even generations with proper, basic care.
End grain tops are both beautiful and exceptionally functional, and are one of the most rewarding investments that can be made for any kitchen. Treat yourself to the warmth, sophistication and elegance of real wood.
Edge and face grain surfaces may be significantly less expensive than the end grains pictured here, as they are far less labor-intensive. Any size, shape and detail/routing work is possible. Please don't hesitate to start a conversation to discuss what options may be best for you.
After more than a decade of experimenting, I now season and treat any active food prep surface with my own handmade natural wood conditioner, containing locally-sourced beeswax. Non-chopping surfaces I prefer to treat with 100% pure tung oil or a quality, thinned tung oil product such as Waterlox.
When you hire me, I am the person who selects the rough lumber, mills it, joins and carefully finishes it. I enjoy working with each customer to personally create a hand-crafted wood surface to perfectly complement their home in any style, contemporary or traditional, and am glad to provide process photographs as desired. The result of quality craftsmanship and collaboration is a piece of which we can both be proud.
by Doug Feb 22nd 2013
the piece was created as requested. however, it arrived chipped. it may have occurred during shipping. I didn't want to ship back a 45lb mantel to Greenriverwoods so I accepted it as-is. However, had I purchased a similar piece from a major retailer I would have returned it. Upon communicating with Greenriverwoods, he sent me a repair kit, free of charge. It was delivered within a week of our email conversation. All in all, we love the addition to our fireplace. It's unique and fits our home decor perfectly. The shipping experience will make me think twice before using Custom Made again however.
Cutting board to by inlayed into our tile countertop
by Marnie S. Oct 04th 2012
I worked with Matt and he was great with communication and giving me something unique that fit within the guidelines I put out there. His work is beautiful and I would definitely use him again for future projects. Thank you Matt for enhancing our new bar area with your art and craftsmanship :)
Patchwork Mixed Wood End Grain Chopping Board, Butcher Block, Island
by Mike J. Mar 06th 2012
Matt was easy to work with, very collaborative and the board turned out exactly as envisioned. Great workmanship. I'd use Matt for another project in a heartbeat. This is a present for my wife and she will be thrilled when she sees it.