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11-27-2015 04:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question sapele bamboo choppingboard cuttingboard

Hi guys, I am currently working on a project and I need to decide whether to use bamboo or sapele wood for a chopping board. I’ve done some research and so far, bamboo is stronger and more ecofriendly? But I’d like to know your opinon. Thank you so much and have a great Thanksgiving break!

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#1 posted 11-27-2015 08:01 PM

I tend to think that hard domestic woods are hard enough for cutting boards – too hard and it seems to me that you’re just going to have to sharpen your kitchen knives more often.
But that’s not your question. Hardness is of more concern than strength for a cutting board, and bamboo is also very hard when it is converted into boards. Eco-friendly because it grows so quickly. But in order to make it into boards they have to split the bamboo and then glue it together with some kind of resin. I’ve never been entirely convinced that those finished boards really are more eco-friendly than wood from relatively local forests, although I haven’t seen numbers that show it one way or the other. Of course, sapele is probably not local to you either, and may or may not come from responsibly managed forests, so that complicates it all.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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