Despite the fact that bamboo is not wood (it's actually grass), the stalky weed gives most hardwoods a run for their money in terms of strength and value. Teragren takes advantage of bamboo's durability by turning it into end-grain butcher block with a beautifully subtle parquet pattern.
Like the hardwood equivalent, Teragren's bamboo butcher block is food safe (thanks to the formaldehyde-free glue used in manufacturing), easy to finish and refinish, and durable enough to use as a cutting surface.
The manufacturer claims that the finished product is actually more durable than common hardwoods 29% harder than North American hard maple and 45% harder than northern red oak, to be exact.
It's economical, too. At $22-$28 a square foot, pricing is lower than most hardwood butcher block. Two standard sizes, 30 x 96 x 1.5 and 36 x 72 x 1.5 are available. The manufacturer can also produce custom sizes up to 4' x 8' x 3. Experienced woodworkers can cut and shape the block themselves with standard woodworking tools.
Available unfinished or with a food-safe mineral oil and beeswax finish.