I have Corian counters and had difficulty shaping baguettes due to working on a surface that was too smooth. I imagine that others who have granite or Formica have similar issues. I can put a slab of laminated maple on top which works just fine but makes the working surface higher than I want it. I can also apply a thin slurry of flour/water to the counter and let it dry, which is about the same as wood from the perspective of surface friction but it does take a little time to get it ready and also time to clean-up when I am done.
I am looking for other alternatives.