Our wood

We mainly use hornbeam wood and beech wood to make upscale chopping blocks. We source our wood in France only, and select our suppliers carefully.

  • Hornbeams yield a very hard timber, giving rise to the name Ironwood. Dried heartwood billets are nearly white and are suitable for decorative use. For general carpentry, hornbeam is rarely used, partly due to the difficulty of working it. Its hardness has however lent it to use for carving boards, tool handles, hand plane soles, coach wheels, piano actions and other situations where a very tough, hard wood is required. Its dense foliage and marcescent (not falling in autumn) can be confused with beech foliage.

 

  • Beech is a tree of the Fagaceae family because the fruit is held in a "cup"
    (Chestnut, oak, beech). In "end grain wood" (not debited), it is used to make chopping blocks. Beech wood accepts turning (toys, chair legs), dyeing and polishing. Because of its homogeneity, beech wood was much used by “Boisseliers”, turners, and manufacturers of complex parts. Beech is used in 14% of furniture made in France, just behind the oak. Beech covers 9% of the French forest behind oak and Scots pine.

 

Our company

Our company has the EPV label given by the French State, and belongs to France Art Workshops. This label and the belonging to France art Workshops guarantee high quality work.

  • The EPV label: The Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company, or EPV) label is a mark of recognition of the French State put in place to reward French firms for the excellence of their traditional and industrial skills. This label brings together producers committed to the quality of their trades and products.  The EPV label is given to unique firms that know how to reconcile tradition and innovation, know-how and creation, work and passion, heritage and the future, the local and the international.

 

  • Ateliers d'Art de France, chaired by Serge Nicole represents more than 6,000 crafts workers, artists and craft companies. Their objectives are to enhance, represent, safeguard and support the economic development of craft professionals. Deeply committed to the educational, cultural and social fields, we carry out high-profile activities that contribute to the structuring and the international and national reputation of the craft sector.

 

  • We chose a method of manufacturing controlled by our institution for over a century. We use wood called "end grain" which corresponds to a sawing perpendicular to the trunk fibers (as if it were cut into slices). Pavers thus obtained are assembled one by one in order to compose the cutting plane.

 

  • Wood has always been the material of choice for furniture manufacturers. Renowned for its robustness, wood "end grain" resist all shocks and blade shocks. These are applied in the direction of the wood fiber, the cutting plane can neither crumbling nor breaking. Performed according to the standard NF Food Hygiene, your block Chabret always remains smooth and healthy.

 

  • 100% of our chopping blocks are made in Saint Bonnet le Chateau, Loire, in our workshops.

 

  • All our chopping blocks are customizable both in form and in size. We create unique designs for your kitchen.