Our process all begins with the tree. Early on my Dad and I actually walked the Rose land and harvested the trees we wanted to use. I built a kiln in my garage and dried the lumber for weeks or months. This was a learning experience in and of itself but this creates the foundation for understanding the wood type and grains.
Wood generally does not handle rapidly changing humidities and exposure to water. As you can imagine being a butcher block this will be its new norm and needs to be built in a way to endure this new demand! We hand select the lumber that will be a part of your block and place it in the perfect way to capture certain character marks that a lot of other builders might exclude.
We will keep some sapwood, some knots and we love when we get to keep some Spalting. For these reasons no two blocks will be the same and we love that! After the blocks are built they go through a thorough sanding and grain raising process that we have perfected! You may or may not know but once you sand a board and it feels smooth if you hit it with water and allow it to dry the board will feel as if it was never sanded! So we do several grain raises with water popping, air dry, and sand in a way that is meant to last. During this process, we also closely monitor the humidity and make sure that the block has a successful acclimation from the field to your home! This takes several weeks and is closely monitored.
After all of this, the block is rounded over, inspected, and dunked in oil after which is boxed up and shipped to you to begin its new journey the first task of which is to complete its acclimation process to your home!