This American Black Walnut board is dense, durable, strong and firm, with good resistance to decay; all great properties for a cutting board. A removeable stainless steel gripper ring securely holds the food item in place. Ring comes out for easy cleaning and will stand up to years of service. The deep juice well with overflow collects the liquids so there is no mess on your countertop. Snow River is best known for producing premium wood cutting boards that are hand finished by experienced craftsmen. The wood is dried in a tightly controlled process to ensure a consistent moisture content, which is critical in avoiding wood cracks and splitting. Made in the USA.