Was on vacation in Eastern Canada last week and went by a place called Larch Wood Products with big signs for their showroom so decided to take a look. They specialize in what they call “Heirloom” end grain cutting boards. Not sure what makes a cutting board Heirloom…... I was fairly impressed with their work but was just looking, not in the mood to drop a few hundred on a cutting board.
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The pictures there don’t quite do them justice, they were really beautiful. The endgrain pattern was amazing. Take a look at the tiger stripe buffet board.
Unfortunately there wasn’t anyone there to ask any questions, a salesgirl popped her head out of the office for a minute to let us know she was there and then diappeared…Would have liked to ask a few questions about the manufacture process and the finishing. Although they seemed to use a mineral oil/beeswax combo as they were selling small tubs of it as well. All of these were made of Larch, which I know nothing about and they left me with one concern cause these boards were light. They had a 3” board about 2’ diameter that was lighter than some of the much smaller boards I’ve made. At a closer look the grain wasn’t very tight.
Anyone out there have any experience with Larch? On first impressions I don’t think it would be the first choice for an endgrain cutting board….seems like it would get chewed up quickly compared to the traditional maple boards?