First I would like to thanks the forum for letting me post this, particularly Andrew and Dave who helped me in this process. Next I would like to say that I am not affiliated in anyway with this company. I know a while back many of us were looking for custom blocks and our resident woodsmith is not currently making them. So I searched long and hard and found a company. The Vermont Butcher Block and Board Co. You can check out their website at : http://www.vermontbutcherblock.com/
My contact is:
the Owner, David Glickman, please use Davidg@vermontbutcherblock.com
Call us Toll Free: 800-980-8066
mailing address is:
Vermont Butcher Block and Board Company, LLC
2260 South Road
Williston, Vermont 05495
Check us out in:
This Old House Magazine and Cooks Illustrated and DESIGN New England
Dave was very good to deal with, quick to respond and did a great job on the block. Here are some pictures my wife posted(note I am not a pro photographer and u can see it in the picts):
Ok, what is the process?
You can look at the website to see the work he does.
You need to either measure your knives or trace them and send the info to him directly. I used measurements with calipers I have. For him to start a block and design it, you need to give him a $50 deposit. He generally assumes 1/4 in slots unless you specify otherwise. In less than a week he got back to me with the design. He email it to me. Once I approved it, he mailed me a paper copy of it so I can see it in person for sizing etc of the block. After that, I accepted it. From there it is 3-4 weeks for the block. Now, mine went faster, but the site gives that as the lead time so that is the info I am listing here.
Dave is offering forum members 20% off the normal rate. In your email to him, make sure you mention the forum to get your discount.
Details on my block. I chose the maple burl, probably one of the most expensive options for the wood. It is a HUGE block. I specifically asked for extra space between slots as I hate when people whack another knife's handle. My block was designed for large knives, mostly 270mm gyutos and even some 300+ sujis. The bottom is for steak knives. My block was $669 including shipping after the discount. So it is not a cheap, inexpensive block, and might not be for everyone. But then again I did choose a very large block in a pricey wood. They certainly can be less based on your choices. You can easily design one that fits more knives in less space. I have had the block for just a few days, but so far I am very happy with it. Love how it looks. He uses a maple core and wraps the core in whatever else you want.
In speaking with Dave, he will allow pretty much any customization that you want as long as he can do whatever it is you are asking. He does ship international for those that might be looking and are out of the US. All payments are to him/the company. I used paypal, he also accepts credit cards. If you want to use another form of payment, you will need to ask him about it.
Feel free and contact him directly. You can post questions here if you like and I will answer them if I know the answer.