His boards are so beautiful I would almost be too afraid to use it. How durable are they really? I love the darker woods like mahogany, walnut and cherry. But maple is traditionally the #1 choice. How do they compare in toughness? How hard would it be for me to damage them? Using ultra sharp Japanese knives (e.g. Fujiwara, Takeda...etc.Slicing, dicing and chopping with a cleaver) or taking 2 very sharp Chinese cleavers to chop simultaneously to dice as if doing a "drum roll". Are all the woods used not easy to stain? I'm considering an order later on. Probably in a 16x22x2 size. 18x24x2 might be too big. Will have to see.