All CUTTING BOARDS are made featuring END GRAIN BUTCHER BLOCK construction using solid exotic hardwoods approx. 1 1/2″ thick. No veneers or inlays were used and no dyes or stains were used. All colors shown represent the natural colors of each wood species used. Prices are based on size of board, number of hardwood species (and their cost) used and complexity of design and construction. After the layout of the design is constructed and sanded to 320 grit sandpaper, two different food grade finishes can be applied: mineral oil and varnish. Both are durable, quality finishes. Mineral oil is more commonly used. Varnish produces a glossier finish and is more time consuming requiring more careful finishing skills. I use it to better preserve the natural colors of some of the more exotic hardwood species used in the piece.