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Handcrafted to the highest standard.

We are 'end-grain' specialists

Larch Wood Canada specializes in creating beautiful ‘end grain’ cutting boards handmade from eastern Canadian larch (Larix laricina). Also known locally as tamarack and juniper, we source this renewable resource from sustainably managed local woodlots. 

 

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Self-Healing Surface

The durable self-healing end grain construction of our products provide a smooth, impact-resistant, cutting action that is kind to knives - making our boards a practical choice for chefs in busy commercial kitchens or for daily use at home.

We take pride in bringing to the fore the beautiful grain of the larch wood; each item is uniquely and carefully crafted into a work of functional art.

 

 

Strength, beauty, and longevity

Why Choose Larch Wood?

Larch trees grow in abundance on Cape Breton Island. It is a tenacious species that can tolerate less than ideal conditions, like wet or recently disturbed soils. The wood was traditionally used in boat building and for other exterior applications such as decking and fence posts. 

Noted for its rot resistance, strength and ability to neutralize bacteria*, Larch has all the characteristics needed to produce a superior cutting surface.

*Read more about wood versus plastic cutting boards here.

The Larch

The bold grain patterning and the natural colouring of the larch, along with its renowned durability, was our initial inspiration for handcrafting our cutting boards.

Did you know?

The larch tree is a deciduous conifer. Its short needle-like blue-green leaves turn bright yellow in the fall before dropping, adding to the spectacular fall colours that Cape Breton is known for. 

Kiln dried durability

Larch Wood’s Nyle Kiln, manufactured in Maine USA, can dry up to 18,000 board feet at a time. We have been drying Larch for over 12 years and have developed our own schedule specific to larch. It generally takes 16-22 days days to dry a load. This can change due to the length of time the wood has been cut before kiln drying.

Once loaded into the kiln we top off each stack of wood with a large slab of concrete which prevents twisting and cupping. When the process is finished we store the wood in a climate controlled space until it is ready to be milled for cutting boards, flooring, or custom products. 

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Made by local craftspeople

Cape Breton Quality

Larch Wood employs a talented group of local craftspeople. We have over 100 years of combined woodworking experience amongst us. Ingenuity and creativity best describe our crew. Every person who works here contributes to the high quality, precision, and care that our products are best known for. 

Visit Us in Margaree

We feel privileged to live, work, and raise our families on Cape Breton Island. Voted one of North America's top island destinations, Cape Breton Island continues to inspire visitors with its gorgeous coastline, wonderful natural areas and diverse culture. 

Larch Wood Canada is nestled along the Margaree River, renowned for its salmon fishing, it was designated a Canadian Heritage River in 1998. On our door step is one of the world's most scenic roads, the Cabot Trail which winds its way through the outstanding Highlands National Park. We invite you to stop in for a tour and to visit our retail space on your next visit to this special part of the planet.