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May 29, 2012 12:14 AM

Looking for Toronto based butcher block/cutting board makers or shops

I know of several great US based makers (e.g. the boardsmith international, John Boos...etc.). But I'm sure we have our own local talent or shops offering solid maple (at least 2-3" thick) butcher block or cutting boards (and perhaps islands made all of maple with a ultra thick 10" or more thick block...John Boos makes them...and his products are sold locally). Recommendations w/ URLs?

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    1. re: petek

      I was looking at these yesterday because of this post. Do you know if these are any good?

      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        I have the carver's board and like it a lot. It is easy on my knives.

        1. re: Zydecopapa

          Hi Zydecopapa,

          <I have the carver's board >

          Do you mean the one from Black Loon (listed by petek) or the one from Larchwood (listed by me)? Thanks.

      2. re: petek

        Thanks PeterK. I know that shop as I'm looking into buying some good Japanese kitchen knives.

        I like their $150 Black Loon at 3 3/4"x18"x24. Priced reasonably. Larchwood Canada's boards are more than twice as expensive. Plus the "carver's board" is 1 3/4" thinner.

        Guess I don't have to order a good board from the US now.

        1. re: BDD888


          Do you care if your cutting boards are end grain or edge grain? The Black Loon ones look to be edge grain -- which are perfectly fine as long as that is what you want.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Actually I'm looking for boards with end-grain. Like the Boardsmith Boards and I think the Boos. Thanks for spotting that. Any recommendations for Canadian board makers making hard maple end-grain boards or blocks?

            Can't say I've heard of "edge grain". "Side grain" yes. And of course end-grain.

            1. re: BDD888

              Before I purchased my boardSmith board,I searched high and low for a local purveyor and the closest I came was Nella Cucina( Boos,not many great reviews) and Larchwood(very nice but expensive).Like I said in a previous post I was lucky that my sister was kind enough to lug a 20 lb boardSmith "Carolina Slab" from Florida to Toronto for me.
              I bought both my sisters Black Loon boards for Christmas last year and they love them.
              BDD888,if you get a chance to go to Tosho(which you definitely should) check them out.

              1. re: petek

                I most like will Petek when I'm back in town. I'm sure i'll be happy with a Black Loon edge-grain board. Being a "home chef" and not a working chef. I don't think it makes that much difference. It's just that if I could buy a 3"x18"x24" end-grain board from the start...locally...

      3. While not Canadian Michigan Maple Block is in Northern Mi so at least their neighbors with Ontario.

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        1. re: TraderJoe

          They do have one rectangular shaped end-grain board for a little over $100 US (3.5x15x20 inches). Waiting to find out how much it would cost to ship to TO. The Black Loon board I mentioned runs $150 CAD (edge-grain). Is it really worth having an end-grain board shipped up from the US? Hmmm...

          1. re: BDD888

            The advantage of end grain vs edge grian is that end grain boards are somewhat self healing. In other words, when you cut on them you are seperating wood fibers, kind of like what you do when throwing darts at a bristle board. Edge grian you cut the wood fibers, granted it takes a very long time to actually do damage, but the end grain board will last longer.

            1. re: BDD888

              Still looking for high quality end-grain boards made preferably in Canada (save money on shipping). Recommendations? Anyone? Anyone? :)

              Failing that I will go with the Black Loon 2.75x18x24. Edge grain will still do fine. Though, there is a round Boos end-grain 3"x18" round board available at Costco. Might buy both.

              1. re: BDD888

                Late to this conversation, but the Larchwood cutting boards are beautiful, and stand up well. Been using one for four years. Never leaves its spot on the counter. Bought as a second at the factory in Margaree Harbour, Cape Breton. Lovely piece, worth the money IMO.

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