Chopping Stations

“3 Kitchen Features You Might Not Have Thought Of” written by Mitchell Parker for Houzz discusses three subtle and strikingly special kitchen features that make for one-of-a-kind style; one of which were chopping stations.

Parker explains that what sets one space apart from another is often not a big, grand gesture, but rather a small, thoughtful addition that stays with you even after you’ve left the room.

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Chopping Stations

Chopping stations create the ultimate food preparation area and are often located near the range. End grain butcher block countertops are the chef-preferred surface material for chopping stations. This construction style is the kindest to knives and keeps their blades sharp. In addition, butcher blocks tend to be self-healing and most knife marks disappear after cleaning and re-oiling.

Kitchen Designs with Chopping Stations

Chopping Stations designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs
Walnut Butcher Block Chopping Station designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Stonington Cabinetry & Designs selected a Walnut butcher block for the chopping station in this bright, white transitional kitchen. Matching the Walnut wood kitchen island, this chopping block is conveniently located across from the sink and near the range.

Wenge Butcher Block Chopping Stations designed by Homestead Kitchens
Wenge Butcher Block Chopping Station designed by Homestead Kitchens

Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens cleverly designed a Wenge butcher block chopping station to be located parallel to the range. Kate explained, “The Wenge butcher block is not only practical, but adds another layer of texture and interest to this mostly monotone kitchen.”

Walnut Butcher Block Chopping Station designed by Pinestreet Carpenters
Walnut Butcher Block Chopping Station designed by Pinestreet Carpenters, Inc.

Pine Street Carpenters, Inc. designed a Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood butcher block for a food prep station in between the sink and the cooktop. The butcher block adds warmth and ties in the flooring and floating shelves.

Chopping Station with Walnut Butcher Block designed by New England Design Works
Walnut Butcher Block Chopping Station designed by New England Design Works

A Walnut butcher block was also designed by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works for this transitional style kitchen with walls of subway tile.

Designing a chopping station for your kitchen can make the space one-of-a-kind. To learn more about end grain butcher blocks, click here. Be sure to follow Grothouse on Instagram for daily design inspiration.

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Custom Countertops on Display at the 2015 Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference

Grothouse custom countertops were on display at the 2015 Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference. Grothouse is honored to have been included and in such great company!

Grothouse Custom Countertops on display at Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference 2015
Grothouse Custom Countertops on display

 

Custom Countertops on Display

Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry designed the following displays with Grothouse custom countertops.

Custom countertops for a vanity display at the Signature Custom Cabinetry conference 2015
Vanity Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

This vanity display includes an edge grain Wenge wood countertop. The countertop has a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile on the top edges, bottom edges, and vertical front corners.

Wenge Custom Countertops for a Vanity
Vanity Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

It is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in satin sheen. The bottom of the vanity display matches the top with a frame base made of Wenge. The frame base is also finished with Durata® in satin sheen.

Custom countertops for a Kitchen Island
Kitchen Island Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

The kitchen island display featured an edge grain Ash Pastore™ Table with one leg and dovetail Wenge keys.

Custom countertops for kitchen islands
Kitchen Island Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

The table has a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile on the top edges, bottom edges, and vertical corners. It is sealed with Durata® Finish in satin sheen and includes laser engraving on the front edge.

Custom countertops for a Cafe Coffee Station
Cafe Coffee Station Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

The cafe coffee station display included matching shadow boxes and a cabinet surround box. All of the boxes were crafted in edge grain construction of Sapele Mahogany wood and finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.

Custom Countertops for a Cabinet Surround Box
Cafe Coffee Station Cabinet Surround Box Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

The cabinet surround box was crafted to perfectly fit around the cabinet and includes intricate detail.

Custom Butcher Block Countertops on display
Butcher Block Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

The center display featured an end grain Zebrawood butcher block with a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile.

Custom Butcher Blocks display
Butcher Block Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

It includes laser engraving on the front edge. The butcher block is sealed with Grothouse Original Oil™ food safe finish.

Follow us on Houzz to view more custom countertops on display.

Butcher Block Pros and Cons

Butcher Block Pros and Cons by Grothouse
Grothouse Butcher Block Pros and Cons

This blog post covers the butcher block pros and cons. At Grothouse, the term ‘butcher block’ refers to a wood surface crafted in End Grain Construction. End Grain is the premium construction style recommended for direct food preparation. It is the construction style of choice for upscale applications. In end grain construction, small wood pieces stand vertically to show only the ends of the wood.

Butcher Block Pros

There are far more butcher block pros than cons. To start off, a butcher block can be used for direct food preparation. This means you can cut and chop directly on the wood surface.

Knives keep their edge far better when used on butcher blocks. This is because the blade slides between the wood fibers, much like cutting into a firm brush. Cutting on hard surfaces like stone or glass can dull sharp blades.

An added benefit is that butcher blocks do not show knife marks quite as readily as surfaces crafted in other construction styles.

Any light scratches or knife marks made in the butcher block surface can be sanded off and re-oiled to look brand new!

Butcher block countertops can be crafted to include a number of different patterns and inlays, as well as numerous features and options.

The most popular use for butcher blocks is kitchen islands. They provide a functional work surface and unlike stone slabs, can be made any size without unsightly seams.

Butcher Block Pros and Cons by Grothouse
Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block designed by Plain & Fancy.

All Grothouse butcher blocks are finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. Grothouse Original Oil™ is a food safe oil finish. The finish requires ongoing maintenance depending on the environment and amount of use.

Butcher Block Cons

The major butcher block con is that end grain surfaces cannot be sealed with our Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish. Only surfaces crafted in flat grain or edge grain construction can be finished with Durata®. Durata® is a maintenance free finish. You can learn more about Durata® on our website. Because butcher blocks cannot be finished with Durata®, they cannot include a stain application.

Butcher Block Customer Reviews

We have received a great deal of positive butcher block customer reviews. Cheryl R. from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey wrote:

Dear Grothouse,

I just wanted to say thank you and share a few pics of the beautiful butcher block you created for us! We love it! It was supposed to be all about the function but it has become a masterful design feature!

I think it garners most of the compliments in our new kitchen! It was a pleasure working with your people from start to finish!

David L. from Santa Rosa, California said:

Although it’s been a little over a year since we did business with you, I just wanted to say thanks again for the incredible butcher block countertop you built for our new kitchen island. It is the perfect combination of beauty and function – we get lots of compliments from friends who visit.

Read more butcher block customer reviews here. Visit our website for more information regarding butcher block pros and cons. Visit our Pinterest to see inspiring designs including butcher blocks.

Modern Butcher Block Countertops

Butcher Block Countertops have made an increasing lead in today’s Modern Kitchen Designs. This blog will give you tips and inspiration for designing your very own Modern Butcher Block Countertop crafted by Grothouse.

Modern Butcher Block Countertops by Grothouse
Modern Butcher Block Countertops by Grothouse

Designing Modern Butcher Block Countertops

At Grothouse, the term “butcher block” refers to a countertop surface crafted in End Grain Construction. End Grain Construction is the premium construction style for direct food preparation. In End Grain Construction, small wood pieces stand vertically to show only the ends of the wood. This is shown in the diagram below. This construction style is significantly harder to manufacture than other construction styles because it requires a level of craftsmanship not found with most commercial suppliers. The pieces are generally random sized, although sizes will vary depending on the species and sizes of wood available at the time of manufacturing.

End Grain Butcher Block Countertop Construction
Modern Butcher Block Countertops are crafted in End Grain Construction

Butcher Block Countertops are the perfect surface area for food preparation because they are self-healing and can be sanded to look like brand new. Butcher Block Countertops are always finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, which requires a renewal process of the finish to ensure a lifetime of enjoyment and use. The refinishing process varies based on the frequency of countertop use.

When designing Modern Butcher Block Countertops, it is important to keep in mind all of the possible uses. Butcher Blocks can be designed for use as dining tables, kitchen countertops, and kitchen island tops.

Modern Butcher Block Countertops Inspiration

A colossal of award-winning designers have incorporated butcher block countertops into their modern kitchen designs.

Interior Environments designed the Maple and Wenge Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop for the large kitchen island in the picture below. The Checkerboard Pattern and the simple chamfer edge profile enhances the modern feel of the kitchen island.

Maple and Wenge Modern Butcher Block Countertops
Maple and Wenge Modern Butcher Block Countertop

Venegas + Company LLC designed the Modern Kitchen shown below to include a Teak Butcher Block Countertop for the kitchen island. Our teak has natural water repellent properties, and requires less oiling.

Teak Modern Butcher Block Countertops
Teak Modern Butcher Block Countertop

In Detail Interiors incorporated the Cherry and Walnut Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop into the modern kitchen shown in the image below. The butcher block countertop is used as a kitchen island end rather than the entire kitchen island top. The lower height makes it comfortable for chopping.

Checkerboard Modern Butcher Block Countertops
Cherry and Walnut Checkerboard Modern Butcher Block Countertop

T C Studios designed the Modern Kitchen in the following picture. The Brazilian Cherry Butcher Block Countertop was used for only part of the kitchen island for dining and seating purposes. Wood provides a warm place to rest your arms or enjoy a quick meal.

Brazilian Cherry Modern Butcher Block Countertops
Brazilian Cherry Modern Butcher Block Countertop

Modern Butcher Block Countertops can also be incorporated into designs as Dining Tables. Aidan Design designed a Walnut Butcher Block Countertop for the dining table in the modern kitchen shown below. The dining table can double in purpose as a dining table and a food preparation area.

Walnut Modern Butcher Block Countertops
Walnut Modern Butcher Block Countertop

You can view more inspirational designs including Modern Butcher Block Countertops in the Countertop Image Library.

Custom Butcher Block in a Kitchen Designed by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works

Our Custom Butcher Block and Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. The featured kitchen was designed by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works.

Custom Butcher Block in a kitchen designed by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works
Karen Swanson of New England Design Works

About the Designer: Karen Swanson is the owner and designer at New England Design Works, an independent kitchen and bath design firm servicing the greater Boston area. She received her training at the Boston Architectural College. Feeling that every project has unique goals and challenges, her approach to design focuses on the individual needs of each client. Space planning and creative design solutions are her specialty. She regularly hears from her clients: “wow, that’s a great idea… no one else thought of that”. She brings creative energy and dedication to each project while shepharding her clients through the renovation process. Her work has been featured in various design magazines and two of her projects were selected for Houzz “Kitchen of the Week”. In 2012, Ms. Swanson was named 1st place winner of the NKBA’s National Design Contest for the medium kitchen category. Also in 2012, she was named “Best of the Best” as a regional winner selected amongst over 1600 entries worldwide in the Subzero Wolf Kitchen Design Contest.

A Tip from Karen: Establishing a budget early on is helpful to the design process as it illuminates what the possibilities are. Is moving windows, doors, and plumbing possible? What type of appliances will be used? Is there a “splurge” item that must be included in the project? Sharing your budget early in the process will allow your designer to help you most effectively plan the project in a way that meets your aesthetic goals while using your budget optimally.

Custom Butcher Block design by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works
Custom Walnut Butcher Block designed by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Pennville Custom Cabinets

Cabinet Hardware: Schaub

Perimeter Countertops: Frosty Carrina, Caesarstone

Kitchen Island Countertops: Grothouse Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block, Calacutta Marble

Appliances: Jenn Air

Light over sink: Urban Electric

Tile Backsplash: Ann Sacks

All Photography Credit: Evan White

Additional Comments and Advice: By keeping the fixtures in their original location, the clients were able to keep their project on budget while still affording custom cabinetry and special features such as custom color cabinetry and two luxury countertop surfaces for their island.

How to contact the designer:
New England Design Works
Karen Swanson
School Street,
Manchester, MA
United States, 01944
nedesignworks@gmail.com
(978) 500-1096
Follow New England Design Works on Houzz!

Custom Butcher Block for kitchen island by Karen Swanson
Custom Walnut Butcher Block designed by Karen Swanson
Custom Butcher Block designed by New England Design Works
Custom Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block designed by Karen Swanson

Visit the Countertop Image Library to see more photography of Grothouse Custom Butcher Blocks.

Designing Engraved Wood Countertops

Engraved Wood countertops are a trendsetting feature

Engraved wood countertops

In the example above, the client added the family tattoo as a decorative element.  Grothouse can engrave type in any font, or even a handwritten phrase or signature.  Pictures and logos can also be engraved. The depth of the engraving can be adjusted to change the appearance.  Glazing can also be added to enhance the design. The engraving can be applied to the surface of the engraved wood countertop or on a prominent edge.

The countertop pictured below was designed with a meaningful Latin phrase. It was designed by Tyler Florence for The House Beautiful Kitchen of the year. The cart was designed to be rolled table side for serving and carving. It also serves double duty as an extension to the existing kitchen island. Laser Engraved wood countertop by Tyler Florence for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

Engraved Wood Countertops | Designing

Choose something meaningful to you, an inspirational phrase or family name.

Scale the engraving to enhance the appearance of the piece. If it is too large it may be overwhelming visually.

On darker woods keep the engraving simple so the details do not get lost. Select lighter woods for more detailed engraving.

Consider adding a glaze to enhance the design of the engraving.

 About The Grothouse Lumber Company:

Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with  a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata; permanent finish is one of the most durable and reliable protective coatings currently available on the market today.

Visit our webpage http://www.glumber.com/wood-countertops/options/engraving/ to learn more about engraved wood countertops.

 

 

 

Walnut Butcher Block Countertops

Walnut Butcher block Countertops by GrothouseWalnut Butcher Block Countertops by Grothouse

Walnut butcher block countertops are a popular choice for kitchen islands.  Grothouse offers two species of Walnut, Peruvian Walnut and American Black Walnut.  Peruvian walnut countertops tend to be slightly darker than American Walnut and are a cost effective alternative to the dark, almost black tones of exotic Wenge. American Walnut with sapwood has chocolate brown tones and lighter Maple colored striations.

American Black Walnut Butcher Block Countertops

The large kitchen island countertop above is flanked by two raised American Black Walnut Butcher Blocks of end grain construction.  The foundation of the countertop is constructed of American Cherry with a double border of Wenge and American Black Walnut. View this page http://www.glumber.com/image-library/walnut-cherry-wenge-butcher-block-countertop-pennsylvania/ for more details about this design.

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Peruvian Walnut Butcher Block Countertops

The Peruvian Walnut countertop above is Edge Grain construction. This type of walnut tends to appear darker in tones than American Black Walnut. For more information on this design visit http://www.glumber.com/image-library/peruvian-walnut-wood-countertop-in-philadelphia-pennsylvania/
Walnut butcher block countertops can be custom made to any design you desire. For pricing and additional design information visit http://www.glumber.com  If you desire additional information about Walnut countertops, please fee free to comment on this post. We will respond to your questions promptly.

About The Grothouse Lumber Company:

Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Each custom-built top can be configured with  a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata; permanent finish is one of the most durable and reliable protective coatings currently available on the market today.

Our Commitment to Customers:

At Grothouse Lumber, customer service is more than just a catch phrase; it’s at the very core of our business philosophy. We’re not only committed to producing the highest quality wood tops in the industry, we’re obsessed with ensuring that each and every customer receives the personal attention they deserve.

From our same-day quote response to our fast 2-3 week lead-time, every part of our business is focused on making sure you experience the best possible service and receive the best possible product.