Saxon Wood™ Counters, Bar Tops and Butcher Blocks

Saxon Wood™ is the first of a series of specially curated woods

Description: Saxon Wood™ is the first of a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced by Paul Grothouse. Saxon Wood™ has been chosen for its stunning visual appeal and unique appearance. Saxon Wood™ counters, bar tops, and butcher blocks are exclusively available at Grothouse.

Color: The wood has base color tones ranging from yellow to tan to brown. It is accented with grey and black striations resembling Spalted Maple.

Grain: Wavy, irregular

Janka Hardness: The hardness and characteristics of Grothouse Saxon Wood™ closely mirror the Mahogany wood family.

Price Level: Compares to other exotic woods like Zebrawood and Wenge.

Saxon Wood™ Counters | Construction Styles

When designing Saxon Wood™ Countertops, you must first decide which Construction Style you want depending on your desired use for the counter. Saxon Wood™ is available in End Grain Construction and Flat Grain Construction.

End Grain Construction is the premium construction style for direct food preparation. End Grain Countertops are typically referred to as Butcher Blocks. Saxon Wood™ End Grain Butcher Blocks have a required minimum thickness of 2-1/2 inches. The image shown above is a Saxon Wood™ Butcher Block.

Flat grain Construction is generally preferred for an aesthetic furniture surface that enhances the grain of the wood. Flat Grain Construction is commonly known as Wide Plank Style. Saxon Wood™ Flat Grain Counters have a required minimum thickness of 1-3/4 inches. The image shown above is a Flat Grain Saxon Wood™ Counter.

Saxon Wood™ Counters | Finishes

Saxon Wood™ Butcher Blocks are finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. Grothouse Original Oil™ is completely food safe and compliments the desired use for direct food preparation. The oil needs to be maintained on a regular basis depending on the environment and amount of use.

Saxon Wood™ Counters and Bar Tops can be finished with either Grothouse Original Oil™ or Durata® Permanent Finish. They can also be stained with Grothouse Stock Stains or Custom Stain Matched to a customer provided sample. Any stained wood counter or bar top must be sealed with Durata® Permanent Finish.

Designs with Saxon Wood™

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