Our products are designed for discriminating tastes. The Ironwood Gourmet™ product line was developed to reflect their epicurean tastes in food, wine, kitchen gadgets and the love of everything wood. Today, Ironwood Gourmet™ offers one of the most extensive fine wood lines in the gourmet and housewares industries.
Our mission is to continue the development of innovative well-designed products made with environmentally-friendly and renewable materials. We care about the products we manufacture and the world we live in.
Use & Care
Wash Ironwood Gourmet™ products in warm, soapy water and thoroughly rinse with clean water. Do not soak. To dry, prop up off of counter to allow all surfaces to air dry evenly. Wood and Bamboo products should never be washed in the dishwasher.
After drying, rejuvenate and protect the wood by rubbing it down with Butcher Block Oil. Apply the oil liberally and allow it to soak in thoroughly before use. Regular application of our Butcher Block Oil will prevent cracking and preserve the rich natural colors of the wood.
About Our Woods
Acacia is a wood species rich in history. In biblical times, it was used for bows and boats because of its extraordinary strength. It was used in the construction of the Arc of Covenant. Perhaps the most significant usage of the wood was the building of the covenant box, which was placed in the middle chamber of King Solomon's Temple.
Acacia is an environmentally friendly hardwood that is grown on all continents. This pod bearing tree is known for its rich, dark colors, that range from gold to chocolate brown, as well as its beautiful, contrasting patterns. The wood is farmed throughout South East Asia for use in the furniture and housewares industries.
One of the special characteristics of Acacia wood is an unusual property known as 'chatoyancy' - it appears to change color and luster in different lighting conditions as if to shimmer. The wood can change from a light tan to a dark brown...sometimes appearing similar to Walnut and sometimes more like Teak.
Rubberwood is eco-friendly and is one of the more durable lumbers used in the manufacturing of today's home furnishings. As a member of the maple family, rubberwood has a dense grain character with very little tendency to warp and crack. Rubberwood has very little shrinkage making it one of the more stable construction materials availabe for furniture and kitchen products.
Like maple, rubberwood is a sap producing species. In the case of maple, it is sap; in the case of rubberwood, it is latex. Rubberwood produces all the latex used in the world for all rubber based products.
There is one more important feature of rubberwood that is very important in today's world. Rubberwood is the most ecologically "friendly" wood in the world. After the economic life of the latex producing rubber tree, which is generally 26-30 years, the latex yields become extremely low and the planters then fell the rubber trees and plant new ones. So, unlike other woods that are cut down for the sole purpose of manufacturing, rubberwood is used only after it completes it's latex producing cycle and dies. This wood is therefore eco-friendly in the sense that we are now using what was going as waste.