Wood and Butcher Block Kitchen Countertops

A warm alternative to stone, wood countertops can serve as a decorative kitchen feature or a heavy-duty work surface, depending on grain type.

Durable Maple Countertops

Wood countertops are ideal atop an island where families gather for meals, homework and crafts. Maple is a popular species due to its durability. Shown: Kosinski Maple. Photo courtesy of The Butcher Block Top

Exotic Bamboo Countertops

Bamboo countertops are a durable, exotic alternative to traditional hardwoods. Available types include parquet butcher block, traditional and strand. Shown: Vertical Grain Caramelized bamboo face with Chestnut strand bamboo core. © Teragren LLC

Food-Safe Surface

Parquet end grain bamboo countertops are a hard, durable, food-safe surface. Most manufacturers recommend regular applications of mineral oil. Photo courtesy of Totally Bamboo

Classic Design

Wide-plank hardwood countertops add natural beauty. Each plank runs the length of the countertop, and the surface can be stained in a variety of colors. Photo courtesy of Brooks Custom.

Functional End-Grain Surface

While many wood countertops are more decorative in nature, end grain surfaces are often used for cutting and chopping. Photo courtesy of Brooks Custom.

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