Boos Blocks

By Sur La Table

Updated on January 14, 2021

The craftsmen at John Boos & Co. in Effingham, Illinois, are keepers of a tradition that takes pride in quality. Many of these craftsmen have been with the company for more than 40 years - long enough to see Boos blocks find their way into revered institutions, restaurants, and even the White House kitchen.

"I think of my cutting boards and butcher blocks from the 123-year-old John Boos Company as cherished pieces of furniture. My favorites are my six-foot-long maple butcher-block counter, where I roll out pasta and knead dough, and my heavy cherry cutting board. And it's not just their beauty that I love. John Boos boards stand up to years of chopping, cleaving, and slicing and still hold their smooth surface." -Karen Shane, Marana, Ariz., from the 2010 edition of the SAVEUR 100, Issue #126

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