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It all starts with the wood. Each piece of wood is hand selected from a local hardwood supplier. This is a family-owned business that's been around for more than 30 years... not a big box retailer!
Technically speaking, Hard Maple is harder than Walnut and Oak! The higher density of hardwoods like Hard Maple means it's more resistant to water, warping and cracking, and when there's soap on it, that's a good thing! Cedar is specifically chosen because of its natural ability to resist water and decay. Hard Maple and Cedar are excellent choices for soap dishes. Many suppliers use pine, not us.
Compare a Woodchuck soap dish to a soap dish made of pine. A Hard Maple Woodchuck weighs about 7-8 oz (1/2 of a pound!). For reference, a pine soap dish weighs in at about 1-3 oz. That means a Woodchuck is more than 230% heavier!
All of our soap dishes have been designed by an engineer... no kidding! The deep, round grooves in the soap dishes pictured above collect water and limit the surface area in contact with the soap, allowing for better air flow and drying. No soggy soap!
Most sealers contain toxins so we don't use them... period. Unless otherwise requested, we hand rub our Hard Maple soap dishes with a natural, food grade butcher block conditioner to preserve their life. Continued care will also extend the life of the Woodchuck. All Woodchucks come with care instructions.
All of our soap dishes are 100% made in the U.S.A. at our farmhouse in Wisconsin. All American, no imports.