This was exactly the cutting board I was looking for. It's solidly constructed. There are a few realities to address (but these apply to all cutting boards). Even though it's had some treatment, it needs more oil before use. Indeed, it even comes with instructions stating so. Also, it may not stay perfectly flat depending on where it's placed. I have a small kitchen with few placement options. The humidity from the dishwasher invariably gets to my cutting boards and warps them slightly. However, this is easily fixed by going to a hardware store and getting four rubber washers for the corners. All said and done, this offers a large and steady work space.
This is a heavy, solid cutting board. If you want one to move around your kitchen do not get this one. It weighs a lot and is a permanent fixture in one spot on my countertop. Becautifully made and extremely pretty. It is an excellent value for the price.
Maybe I didn't measure right, but the board is BIG and heavy. Don't get me wrong, it's a great product. I love it and I use it everyday. I live in a dry climate so I've been having to "baby" it with mineral oil and conditioner. Some of it is splitting slightly, but I think it will be ok.
I have had this for several months, now, and I followed the manufacturer's recommendation that it be rubbed with food-grade oil repeatedly. It is a wonderful chopping board. I waited until I felt the wood had been thoroughly saturated with the oil, in fact, I used up 8 oz. before using the board for anything wet, such as tomatoes, or for cutting meat and poultry. Now, I do use it for those things, but I always rub off anything left on the board with salt and a little oil. I used to have a marble block, and used it for everything, but it dulled my knives, and finally broke in half. I use this for piecrust, and don't miss my old marble one. Plus, it won't break...I expect to have it for a long, long time.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? same
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. excellent, heavy and well-made
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? exactly as described
25 lbs of quality and with hand groves makes for easy lifting. I never expected the fine quality of the two boards I purchased. Site does not specify manufacturer, "Catskill Craftsmen, Inc", so I had no way of knowing both boards came from same place until I opened the boxes. I also purchased the reversible end grain 16"x12". I have shun knives and must use quality end grain wood when cutting or chopping. Hard to believe after being aggressive chopping garlic and slicing foods there was not a mark on either board! Purchased mineral oil (as per co.'s instructions) and prepared boards. Not a big deal at all preping boards upon arrival. Easy cleaning with cloth and oiling as part of maintenance Cannot state product's life span, but based upon other reviews, if you take care of board (oiling), it should last for years. Order board and go buy mineral oil while you wait your board's arrival. Order arrived without any tracking/shipping notice.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Perfect, picure shows how board looks after oiling.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Well made easy cleaning
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate, except doesn't specify manufacturer.
This cutting board is just what I was looking for!
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Match
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Great quality
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
This is an incredibly heavy chopping block! I was looking for something to compliment my new kitchen, with soapstone counters and natural cherry cabinets. The wood appears to be of multiple varieties, so the depth and variety of color is quite nice. But the weight of this baby, and the fact that it is reversible and has handle notches simply make it irresistible!
Arrived very quickly. Very heavy so if lifting is an issue for you... Needs lots of seasoning at first. Very roomy, feels great for chopping. Looks very nice though not as nice as the really expensive ones. Have received many compliments. Overall great buy. Recommend buying the mineral oil at the same time.
This cutting board is BIG! You get a nice cutting block for a great price. My only complaint is the wood could have been oiled or "prepped" a little better. There were also a few visible defects in the wood i.e. small knots. Overall I would recommend this board to anyone looking for good value.