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Cutting Boards on the Cutting Edge
May 1, 2014

At MR Direct, we're frequently asked what type of wood is used in the construction of our cutting boards. The answer usually surprises people. Rather than stain our lighter-wood board for a deeper color alternative, we use wood from two distinct trees which have comparable density and beautiful grain patterns.

Our light, Natural cutting board is made of rubberwood, which comes from the rubber tree. Until it is about thirty years old, this tree produces a sap called latex that later forms rubber. When sap production ceased, the tree used to be cut down and discarded for firewood. However, over the last few decades, its attractiveness and density has been noticed, leading it to be cultivated and used increasingly in furniture, flooring, and cutting boards.

The darker, Sapele cutting board comes from the tree of the same name. Sapele wood is sometimes referred to as African mahogany, and it deserves this moniker. It has a similar reddish-brown appearance and its grain is even tighter than genuine mahogany.