Bamboo flooring and veneer are now common specs, but the material can still surprise. Take bamboo butcher block, the latest innovation from Bainbridge Island, Wash.-based Teragren. Made from end-grain bamboo bonded with a formaldehyde-free and food-safe adhesive, the 1 1/2-inch-thick panels come in three standard sizes--30 inches by 96 inches, 36 inches by 72 inches, and 48 inches by 96 inches. The panels are manufactured in a parquet pattern in natural or caramelized colors; custom orders are also accepted. Teragren, 800.929.6333;