Pros: Ready for years of use. Budget and knife friendly.
Cons: Maintenance, potential for scorching from hot pans.
In the long awaited remodel of our residential kitchen I chose to install (2) John Boos Maple countertops, one on each side of the stove. This is a hard working residential kitchen. We entertain friends on a regular basis. I needed a "lifetime" countertop material, and since Granite is not "knife friendly", and twice the cost, the only logical choice was butcher block. As avid bread bakers, and eaters, there is always a loaf (or three) of fresh bread on the counter, along with a bread knife. Now that they have been installed for a while I and my wife can honestly say we don't regret the choice one bit. Though, I still catch her pulling out a flexible...(read more)