Richlite is the material from which Epicurean makes its products. Hundreds of food-safe-resin soaked sheets of wood fiber (paper) are pressed together under extreme pressure and heat, fusing the individual sheets into a solid piece of material. The final product is exceptionally strong, yet maintains the warm, natural look and feel of wood. It is lightweight, nonporous, knife friendly, and dishwasher safe. It won’t crack, split, or stain—making it a perfect material for cutting boards and earning Epicurean products worldwide recognition.
It also is environmentally friendly. The wood fiber raw material comes from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified sources and/or recycled paper. 99.99% of the volatile organic compounds released by the resin are destroyed during the saturation process and never reach the atmosphere. Richlite has earned Greenguard, Rainforest Alliance, and FSC certifications.
We are proud to use this environmentally friendly wood fiber composite, made by Richlite, in the production of our cutting boards and kitchen accessories. The durable material itself has been around for more than 65 years and is widely used for commercial, industrial, and marine purposes, as well as skate park surfaces. It certainly can take anything dished out in the heart of the kitchen.
Richlite begins as rolls of FSC certified paper which are saturated in resin and trimmed into sheets.
Heat & Pressure
The sheets are stacked to the desired material thickness and pressed with heat and pressure into one solid material.
All Epicurean wood fiber products share a set of features that have helped them originate the wood fiber line in both the commercial and housewares industry.
FROM SHEET TO CUTTING BOARD
The first step in crafting a new Epicurean product is sparking an idea. Fortunately, our staff never run dry of ideas. Once the ideas are narrowed, our product designer and programmers get to work sketching, prototyping, and refining that idea into a tangible piece. The material of desired thickness and color is ordered and shipped from Tacoma, Washington. Stacks of sheets are staged at our CNC machines, the cut program is entered, and the operators work their magic. In minutes a single sheet is transformed into dozens of products, ready for laser engraving, labeling, boxing and shipping.
Warehouse to Machine
Full sheets move from the warehouse to the machine floor to be cut into product parts on a CNC machine.
Lasered & Labeled
After the parts are machined, they are put into the laser machine to have the Epicurean brand etched into the surface. From there they are labeled and boxed for inventory.
Richlite is used in a variety of industries to fabricate everything from cladding on large buildings to small fret boards on guitars.
Skate Park Surfacing
The entire riding surface is covered in the same material used to make Epicurean cutting boards. Thats one really big cut cutting board..
Furniture & Architecture
This durable material is so diverse, you'll see it used to side architectural buildings and fabricate furniture.