A Word About Hard Maple

North American Hard Rock Maple is premium quality, renewable & sustainable hardwood and possesses the ideal properties for food preparation and is the standard hardwood for commercial foodservice grade butcher blocks, countertops and cutting boards in the U.S.

North American Hard Rock Maple has the ideal hardness and is resilient, durable, long lasting, sanitary, knife-friendly, easily cleaned, and inhibits bacteria growth..

The North American hard rock maple, or Acer Saccharum (also known as the sugar maple) is the maple specie most often tapped for maple syrup. The Sugar Maple or Hard Rock Maple grows predominantly in the western Great Lakes to Nova Scotia, Canada, down through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Hard rock or sugar maple is harder and more dense than all other species of maple commercially available in lumber form, and is also prized for furniture and flooring. Important is also its tight grain structure, which is fine, even, and uniform in texture. The small pores do not require filling. Hard maple has no characteristic odor or taste, another feature making it ideal for food preparation surfaces.

A desirable quality of hard maple is its color. An attractive blonde wood, hard maple has a universal look and goes with any décor. The sapwood of the maple is commonly white with a slight reddish-brown tinge; the heartwood is light reddish brown, but sometimes is considerably darker.

Sustainability: Hard maple is easy to propagate and transplant and is fairly fast growing. John Boos & Co is a long-standing member of the NHLA, National Hardwood Lumber Association. Firm practices in sustainable forestry initiative and sound forest management are practiced by NHLA Members. As a result of the organizations reforestation record, the growth of the US forests exceeds the amount harvested by 33 percent. Trees are a renewable resource and we are renewing them.