Totally Bamboo - Family Tree Carver Cutting Board 19.5in x 15.75in x 1in
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Do not wash in dishwasher. We recommend washing with a mild detergent in warm water and periodically wiping with camellia oil to bring out the Bamboo’s beautiful grain.
Bamboo is actually a grass that grows to a harvestable height of 60' in about three to five years, growing as much as two feet per day. It has an extensive root system that continually sends up new shoots, naturally replenishing itself. It does not require replanting, making it one of the most renewable resources known. The species Totally Bamboo uses, “Moso” Timber Bamboo, is not a food source or a habitat for the Giant Panda.
Bamboo holds the promise of a sustainable, cost-effective and ecologically responsible alternative to the widespread clear cutting of our world’s precious timberland.
The Color of Bamboo. Totally Bamboo offers Bamboo in two colors: light, which is the natural color of the Bamboo, and dark, which is a honey color. The dark color is achieved by steaming the Bamboo to bring out the natural sugars and caramelize it. This color is permanent and will not fade or wash out.
The Grain of Bamboo. There are three types: vertical, flat and end grain. Vertical grain, approximately 1/4" wide, is taken from the side of the split pole. Flat grain, approximately 5/8" wide, is from the face of the pole. End grain is the cross section of the pole.
This is a large, heavy cutting board which I tend to use more as a trivet than a cutting board. I do not want to cut on the side with the tree which is spectacular so I turn it over and cut on the other side. In doing so, I am unable to take advantage of the 'juice' tray. The bamboo design is fantastic and I really love this cutting board. Washes well. I've had the board for about a year and have only needed to condition it once. Where it sits in my kitchen is in direct sunlight though. I would definitely recommend this cutting board as long as you have the room to display it.