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.
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Awesome service and indestructible board. Iva had it for over a year now and it looks as good as the day I got it.
Beautiful cutting board from Matt. Matt was very good communicating with me in getting what I wanted. Highly recommended.
Definitely recommend! Very happy with our product. Matt was diligent and professional in answering all of our questions and knows his products well. Good quality work and delivered product as expected.
First thing's first: the cutting board Matt made for me was perfect and I expect to be using it for many years to come. He selected some gorgeous maple ambrosia wood and the color and style and really, everything was spot on. I couldn't be happier with the end product.
We had a few bits of miscommunication along the way to the degree that Matt actually built several versions of the board before it matched what I wanted. The main reason I mention this is to highlight that at each step, he went out of his way to make sure I was satisfied with the result. When I wasn't (even though the results were beautiful), Matt was more than happy to try again.
I'm sure my experience was atypical (Matt not nailing it on the first try), but it's great to know he cares this much about customer satisfaction. I'll be recommending him to anyone who wants beautiful custom board and wouldn't hesitate to have him make something else for me.
Bonus: I wanted to make a matching magnetic wooden knife block and Matt threw in a few beautiful matching pieces of wood for me in the shipment.