The sugar maple is native to Missouri and is famous as being a source of maple syrup. These trees grow to great heights, topping out at around 80 to 100 feet tall, surviving and can thriving in highly shaded environments. They are also known for breathtaking fall color.
This wood came from a Missouri farmstead where an old Maple tree was dying out and had fallen on a fence row. This particular piece was made from the root of the tree, saved because of the unique burl in the grain. Burl is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner, commonly found on a tree trunk as a rounded outgrowth. Highly valued and sought after by wood artists, burl wood delivers beautiful results.
Wooden cutting boards have health benefits because wood is naturally resistant to many types of bacteria and it doesn’t require much maintenance. Richard uses his own formula of spoon butter, also known as cutting board cream, made with beeswax and mineral oil to pre-season this board. To keep your cutting boards moisturized and lasting for years to come, handwash with a mild dish soap and occasionally rub down with beeswax and mineral oil.