HARDWOOD AUDIO PLATFORMS
HARDWOOD AUDIO PLATFORM'S PURPOSE: Most, if not all, high-end audio components emit a signal that causes unwanted vibration. Our hardwood platforms absorb and dissipate that energy.
USES: Butcher Block Acoustics Hardwood Audio Platforms can be used under a wide range of audio equipment: Turntables, amplifiers, audio receivers, CD players, DAC’s, pre-amps, headphone amps, phono stages, power supplies, SACD players, speakers, subwoofers, and floor standing speakers.
HARDWOOD SPECIES CURRENTLY STOCKED: Maple, Walnut, Red-Oak & White Ash.
LAMINATION TYPES: Edge-grain.
EDGE PROFILES: Square Edge or ¼" Radius Top Edge.
THICKNESSES: 1½", 1¾” and 3”. (Red Oak and White Ash: 1½" Thick Only)
FINISH: Hand-sprayed “furniture style” Durakryl 102TM - state of the art non-toxic urethane finish. VOC-free.
CUSTOM SIZES AVAILABLE: Choice of species, edge profiles, thicknesses.
FSC CERTIFIED: Wood Welded Companies has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council since April 13, 2010. License Code FSC-C081652.
SUSTAINABLE HARVESTING: Our forest stewardship team manages company-owned tracts of land. With sensible harvesting and managed re-growth, we give back to the land what we take.
CARBON NEUTRAL FOOTPRINT: There is no increase in carbon emissions due to the manufacturing of Butcher Block. The carbon released by our product, when finally disposed of, equals only what the tree would have released in its lifecycle.
NO WOOD WASTE: The scrap and sawdust generated in the production process is burned to heat our manufacturing plants.
MINIMALLY PROCESSED: Relative to many complex highly processed materials, solid hardwood Butcher Block requires less energy to produce.
EXTENDED PRODUCT LIFECYCLE: In a disposable world, Butcher Block will last a lifetime.
VOC-FREE FINISHES AND ADHESIVES: Our state-of-the-art finish and formaldehyde-free glue produces no Volatile Organic Compounds.
ELECTRONIC GLUE PROCESS: RF Cured GREENGUARD® Certified PVA adhesive has increased the speed of the laminating process (only 90 seconds) and has resulted in a strong “weld” and healthy wood.
AIR DRIED, THEN KILN DRIED: After spending a great deal of time air drying, our hardwood then spends a short period of time in the safe and controlled environment of a kiln. Moisture content is key - kiln drying is a scientific process that SLOWLY removes just the right amount of moisture from the ENTIRE piece of wood – edges and center.
KILN DRIED HARDWOOD USERS: Steinway & Sons, Yamaha, Martin, Gibson, Fender, Rickenbacker all turn to the safe and scientific process of kiln drying. Professional kiln drying does NOT weaken the wood’s fibers.
OLD GROWTH HARDWOOD: Old growth hardwood of the eastern United States can develop old-growth characteristics in one or two generations of trees, or 150 – 500 years. Be skeptical about what you read regarding old growth maple.
JIM WHITHORNE - OWNER
Jim Whithorne has spent the past 47 years selling Butcher Block for the Wood Welded Companies. But music is in his DNA.
Jim’s great-grandfather was Emerson Whithorne, a notable American composer and researcher into the history of music. Emerson Whithorne (1884-1958, born in Cleveland, OH, a distant relative of Ralph Waldo Emerson) fell into the classification of the "American Impressionists" group of composers, with Charles Tomlison Griffes and John Alden Carpenter. He had a reputation as an authority on the music of China. Whithorne lived for a period in London, staying until 1915.
And equally amazing, Jim’s great-grandmother was Ethel Leginska. Ethel was a British pianist, composer, conductor and music educator. She was a student of Theodor Leschetizky later studying composition with Rubin Goldmark and Ernest Bloch, and conducting with Eugene Goossens, Robert Heger and Gennaro Papi. Among her students were pianist and harpsichordist Gavin Williamson, James Henry Fields, Daniel Pollack and Bruce Sutherland. She was a pioneer of women's opportunity in music performance and conducting, being the first woman to conduct many of the world's leading orchestras.
Jim’s great-grandparents sat behind the piano and made great music. Whereas, Jim earnestly sells the wood that makes a great piano.