Here is the PolyMath kitchen. Stacey Ballis is a Maven. She shops for quality and blogs about it. When she first met up with Larch Wood in Chicago she was impressed. Immediately she grocked the sheer practicality of our choice of wood and end grain construction. She had to walk away with a board…. Well after a few months of use – she ordered a custom countertop! Here are some of the pictures from her blog.
This kitchen is designed to have a few different prep and cooking areas. The Larch Wood chopping block is central.
The marble countertop along side is plenty of room for pastries to entertaining.
Countertops can have custom thickness of 2 – 5 inches.
A truly functional kitchen – Stacy Ballis – The Polymath Chronicles
Factors to consider when custom ordering an end grain block for your kitchen?
Where – consider that this is a surface you want to be able to appreciate all of it. Corners? Thickness? Is there enough support underneath?
This one has support under the open side of the island.
Water – it is better not to inset a sink or put beside a water area as standing water will damage wood.
In this example the sink is surrounded by a very wipeable surface.
Height – if you are using it as a working surface you might want it inset or raised depending on the height of the cooks.
Stove – Hot pots can damage wood so consider another surface for immediately beside the stove.
Colour – Wood will naturally darken as it ages and yet it will still show its natural grain pattern.
Creative – Wood can change the look of almost anything.
Have fun designing your counter top. We look forward to making it. Please keep in mind that they take up to 8 weeks to build depending on the time of year.
This is one in progress in our shop. The next could be yours 🙂