Bolivian Rosewood Countertops are beautifully exotic and are gaining popularity in the design community. Also called Morado, Bolivian Rosewood is grown in Bolivia, Brazil. It is a very dense and rich colored wood beautiful with black striping on top of a dark brown and red background. Bolivian Rosewood Countertops offer a wide range of colors from medium to light browns and almost black brown and purple tones, there is repeated black striping. The color of the wood lightens over time from dark brown tones to lighter gold/tan tones. Bolivian Rosewood Countertops are suitable for any application, residential and commercial.
Designing Bolivian Rosewood Countertops
Bolivian Rosewood can be crafted in any construction style: End Grain, Edge Grain, or Flat Grain. The most popular construction style for Bolivian Rosewood is End Grain.
End Grain countertops are typically referred to as Butcher Blocks. The Bolivian Rosewood Butcher Block is not your typical butcher block wood. It offers elegance not typically associated with butcher blocks. Below is an image of a Bolivian Rosewood Butcher Block.
Donna Venegas of Venegas and Company LLC designed the Bolivian Rosewood Countertop pictured below. This butcher block has graining and coloration like no other wood.
Bolivian Rosewood Butcher Blocks often reveal Medullary rays. Medullary rays are a common characteristic found in woods. Medullary rays refer to radial sheets or ribbons extending vertically through the tree across and perpendicular to the growth rings. Also called pith rays or wood rays, these formations of primarily parenchyma cells allow the radial transmission of sap. At a glance, they often appear to be a crack in the wood, but are a natural occurrence that permits proper tree growth. See the photo below. The arrows point to the rays. Below is an image of Medullary rays on a Bolivian Rosewood Butcher Block.
Bolivian Rosewood Countertops can also be crafted in Edge Grain or Flat Grain construction. Below is an Edge Grain Bolivian Rosewood Countertop. The countertop has a classic Standard Roman Ogee Edge Profile on the top of one horizontal edge.
Grothouse would like to congratulate Peter Cardamone and Lynne Kaltman of Blue Bell Kitchens for winning Thermador’s National Kitchen Design Challenge in the Traditional/Transitional category! Their designs are always equally beautiful and functional.
Their kitchen entry was from a Wyomissing, Pennsylvania residence. Together the two created an open and inviting space to be the center of the home. The kitchen showcases Thermador appliances and rustic elements mixed in with transitional cabinetry to complement the existing natural tones from the kitchen’s field stone fireplace.
The Custom Random Mix Walnut Butcher Block was crafted to be 2 ½ inches thick with a ¼ inch Chamfer Edge Profile. Sealed with Grothouse Original Oil™, the Walnut Butcher Block is the perfect food preparation area, home for the KitchenAid mixer and de rigueur for a chef’s kitchen.
More images of the Prize Winning Kitchen including a Walnut Butcher Block:
The Medium Double Roman Ogee is an impressive, top-rated Wood Countertop Edge Profile. It is a popular edge chosen for surfaces used in Traditional and Transitional style kitchens and baths.
Designing a Wood Countertop with a Medium Double Roman Ogee Edge
The Medium Double Roman Ogee requires a minimum countertop thickness of 2-1/2″. The depth of the edge profile is 2-1/8″. Below is a diagram of the edge profile.
It can be applied to a wood surface of any construction style: Flat Grain, End Grain, and Edge Grain. However, it can only be placed on the top of the countertop edge. Below are several different designs including Wood Countertops with a Medium Double Roman Ogee edge.
The Traditional style kitchen pictured above was designed by Auer Kitchens. For the kitchen island they chose a Flat Grain Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertop. The countertop includes a Medium Double Roman Ogee Edge.
Pictured above is another Sapele Mahogany Countertop crafted in Edge Grain Construction. This countertop includes a Medium Roman Ogee for the edge profile. This Traditional style kitchen was designed by Steinburg Custom Designs.
This next countertop is Walnut crafted in Edge Grain construction. The Walnut Countertop includes the Medium Double Roman Ogee, as well as two inset notched radius corners. This Walnut Countertop was designed by Kornerstone Kitchen & Bath.