Our 1-1/2 in. x 25 in. x 98 in. kitchen butcher block countertop is as beautiful as it is practical. Northern European birch is one of the most popular kitchen countertops throughout the world. The birch is a slow-growth, closed-grain hardwood found in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. It is a durable hardwood with similar looks and physical properties as hard maple. Birch is known for its ease of sanding, finishing, and clean look with a light consistent color. This wood is a product of nature and will display characteristics that are unique with each piece. Color: Unfinished Birch.