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The Origins and History of the Chopping Block

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For as long as humans have brandished knives and heavy stone tools, we have required a cutting surface for them to be used. Wood, a naturally absorbent and forgiving material, made for an obvious choice from early days, and primitive log surfaces would have been a valuable work space for cutting and cleaning sharpened tools before industrialization. Chopping blocks have been used in butcher shops for centuries, but long before they garnered their name, they were a utilitarian must-have for anyone working in the job of cutting meat on a large scale and even for those in the skilled trades of blacksmithing and masonry....

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Seven Fantastic Uses for a Kitchen Island

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Do you love to entertain? Are you always in the kitchen? Is you kitchen your happy place?  If you answered yes to any of these then you are probably ready to consider a kitchen island for your next remodel or kitchen update.   Kitchen islands come in many shapes, sizes and configurations.  Some are mobile, and lightweight, made from a combination of stainless steel and wood, and some are permanent fixtures extending your counters into the middle of the room.  Both versions have their pros and cons and it’s worth discussing what you most need from your space.   Below we...

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Top Reasons to Consider a Wood Countertop for your Home and Kitchen

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Marble, granite, composite and wood, all these and more make up the dizzying modern world of countertop options for those planning a remodel, or first time kitchen build. The question is, what is the best surface for the heart of your home? When imagining a natural and beautiful countertop for your home kitchen, it’s hard to beat the appeal and warmth of wood, but before you set your sights on any one surface, be sure to take into account the pros and cons of owning a wooden countertop. Kitchen counters made from wood are popping up in magazines and websites...

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Thanksgiving Sale

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Beat Black Friday with our limited time Thanksgiving Sale! Save $50 off any order over $499 by using the coupon code FBFIFTY or call us at 1-888-506-6222 and mention this promotion. Order a new beautiful Boos kitchen cart for the holidays or even a new solid maple kitchen table for your Christmas family gathering! Sale ends on 11/25. Please note that most larger orders require a 3 to 4 lead time (and may be longer during the holidays), so to guarantee delivery by Christmas, please order by November 12th at the latest. Ordering after the cut-off may delay your order until after...

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The History of John Boos & Co and the American Butcher Block

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Original John Boos Wood Factory in Effingham It was 1887 in Effingham, Illinois when Conrad Boos developed his first butcher block for a local blacksmith. Helping to absorb the impact of blacksmithing tools on his custom made sycamore wood slab supported on three legs, Boos might not have known in that moment how much value his work would soon have. Local businesses took note and soon Conrad’s son John saw opportunity knocking and was fast building similar “block tables” for the local butcher, and others. John Boos & Co. was born, named after John by his father. They were one...

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