Wood Countertops Add Warmth and Natural Beauty to any Kitchen

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Butcher block and wood countertops have evolved to include a variety of looks and materials, yet still offer a timeless look in either traditional or contemporary styled kitchens, as well as in bathrooms.  To keep it eco-friendly, choose from reclaimed woods, FSC-certified woods, Kirei board (made from sorghum straw waste) or bamboo.

Benefits of wood surfaces include:  easy cleaning (with non-toxic products, vinegar solutions or soapy water) and scratches can be sanded out.  Periodic re-application of finishes is typically recommended.  To maintain good indoor air quality, be sure to have your new countertop, kitchen island or tabletop sealed with low VOC finishes.

Here’s where you can find these amazing works of art:

  • Endurawood (based in Portland, OR) creates countertops utilizing several species of FSC-certified wood, reclaimed wood, Kirei board, bamboo and Richlite (a paper composite material).  They’re available in edge grain (classic butcher block appearance), end grain (parquet style) and face grain (plank style), all with low-VOC finishes.
  • Proteak‘s plantations are FSC-certified and on reclaimed ranch land along Mexico’s Pacific coast (the closest quality teak source to the US).  Their “slow growth teak” are grown without the use of fertilizers or irrigation.  “A naturally high oil content gives teak its famous ability to resist moisture and maintain its appearance.  Countertops and islands are available in face grain, edge grain, or end grain styles (finished or unfinished).”
  • Teragren‘s furniture-grade products are made with Optimum 5.5® Moso bamboo (allowed to mature to 5.5 or 6 years resulting in one of the hardest of bamboo) in several styles.  They offer food-grade mineral oil and beeswax finishes or you may opt for unfinished countertops.
  • Windfall Lumber (based in Tumwater, WA) offers their creations made from new and reclaimed FSC-certified woods in two styles:  side grain (classic butcher block) or end grain for a hard work surface.  (pictured above)
  • Raging River Counterworks (based in Norwich, CT) offers some FSC-certified wood countertops in Cherry, Quartersawn White Oak and Quartersawn Maple.  They also use salvaged butternut trees sourced from a grass-roots organization called Vermont Wildwoods.

Tag(s): Green Design, Greening the Home, Kitchens And Baths


One Response to “Wood Countertops Add Warmth and Natural Beauty to any Kitchen”

  1. Joshua Johnson on February 23rd, 2012 6:57 am

    I was wandering if you would consider adding us to your list of suppliers for of wood countertops with a link to our site. We’re a high-end manufacturer based in Atlanta with dealers nation wide. Would love to work out a deal on a link either in payment or a guest blog post on our site with a back link to yours.Let me know what you think.


    Joshua Johnson

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