Vermont Butcher Block

Our products are made from a vast array of high quality and beautiful hardwoods available to us here in Vermont.  Not every wood we use is grown in Vermont, or even in the USA, but we do strive to use woods that are responsibly harvested.  Our portfolio of woods used include Walnut, Cherry,  Maple, Bird’s Eye Maple, Tiger Maple, Zebrawood, Padauk, Lacewood, Purpleheart, Spalted wood, Maple Burl, Cherry Burl, flamed Birch and any other beautiful wood we can find!  Some of our woods come from managed forests, and most of our woods are purchased locally to help the Vermont economy. Our goal is to make high quality American made products.  Please feel free to browse our product catalog and should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: info@vermontbutcherblock.com.

A few words about our industry and our products

The industry of wooden kitchen products is an interesting one.  Just from the observance of the big box stores and the kitchen products available in the USA, one can tell that lower quality imported cutting boards and serving pieces are flooding the market.  Companies are striving to make cheaper and cheaper wood products available to consumers which leads to manufacturing in Asia.  One company that has their products on a prominent television cooking network used to manufacture in the US, but they have since very quietly outsourced their manufacturing to Mexico.  Another USA made company touts that some of their products are made at a "sister" factory overseas.  There is no sugarcoating, either a product is made in the USA or it's made outside the USA, please be honest and up front.    

A word about bamboo products.  I like bamboo products, I think they are cool looking and interesting.  The problem is that everyone thinks bamboo products are saving the world and the environment.  That's probably the furthest thing from the truth and it's a marketing gimmick.  Bamboo has become so popular  that forests of healthy mature adult trees are being clear cut in Asia to plant bamboo.  In addition, to refute the "renewable source" theory of bamboo, the trip from Asia to the USA is a deadly one.  "...one giant container ship can emit almost the same amount of cancer and asthma-causing chemicals as 50,000,000 cars." according to the UK Guardian 4/9/2009.  The full quote from the Guardian is below and you can read the article here

"Britain and other European governments have been accused of underestimating the health risks from shipping pollution following research which shows that one giant container ship can emit almost the same amount of cancer and asthma-causing chemicals as 50 million cars.  Confidential data from maritime industry insiders based on engine size and the quality of fuel typically used by ships and cars shows that just 15 of the world's biggest ships may now emit as much pollution as all the world's 760 million cars. Low-grade ship bunker fuel (or fuel oil) has up to 2,000 times the sulphur content of diesel fuel used in US and European automobiles."