Crafting Hard Rock Maple Into Premium Cutting Boards
Hard Rock Maple is often considered an excellent choice for cutting boards due to its specific properties and resilient characteristics. Here are a few reasons why Hard Rock Maple is preferred over other wood species for cutting boards.
Density, Strength, And Durability
Hard Rock Maple, scientifically known as Acer Saccharum or Sugar Maple, is a dense and hard piece of wood. Its tight grain structure provides strength and durability, making it resistant to wear and everyday use. The dense nature of Hard Rock Maple helps to maintain the surface integrity and prolongs the life of the cutting board. It can withstand heavy use without easily getting damaged and can handle the impact of knives and helps prevent deep cuts and gouges, ensuring the longevity of the cutting board. The natural resilience and forgiving nature of wood make it the ideal surface for maintaining the sharpness and longevity of your expensive cutlery.
Hard Rock Maple is considered food-safe and non-toxic. The tight grain pattern of Hard Rock Maple contributes to its resistance to bacteria. The close-knit grain minimizes the chances of food particles, liquids, and bacteria getting trapped within the wood, making it easier to clean and maintain good hygiene. This characteristic makes it an excellent choice for items that come into contact with food, such as cutting boards, utensils, and bowls. It does not contain any harmful substances or allergens that can contaminate food, making it a safe choice for cutting boards. Maple cutting boards naturally inhibit bacteria growth. A groundbreaking study by Dr. Dean Cliver, Ph.D, confirms that maple cutting boards naturally inhibit bacteria growth, providing a safer and cleaner food preparation surface. In contrast, plastic boards have been scientifically proven to harbor bacteria within their cut grooves, posing potential risks to your health.
Easy To Work With And Refinish
Hard Rock Maple is renewable and versatile to work with. The surface can be sanded with the grain of the wood and oiled with Boos Block Mystery Oil and Board Cream to reveal an entire fresh, new, blemish-free work surface! Hard Rock Maple has a uniform texture and can be sanded and polished to a high sheen, resulting in a smooth and visually appealing surface.
In addition to its functional properties, Hard Rock Maple also possesses an attractive appearance. It features a light, natural creamy color with occasional darker streaks, creating an appealing, classic look for a cutting board. The light hue makes it versatile and complementary to various design styles and color schemes. It can create a clean and modern aesthetic or a classic and timeless look.
Overall, the characteristics of Hard Rock Maple hardwoods contribute to its desirability and versatility in a wide range of applications from furniture and flooring to kitchenware, cutting boards and prep surfaces. It is important to note that while it is an excellent choice for cutting boards, other hardwood species can also be suitable depending upon personal preferences and specific requirements. A few examples include walnut and cherry.