History of the Butcher Block: The modern butcher block was developed in the1880's and was called at the time "the Sanitary Meat Block". It was developed to address a need by the meat cutting industry for a more sanitary and stable cutting surface. Now the term is used to mean either end grain or edge grain counter tops and cutting clocks fut not normally plank or face grain style.
EndGrain: This style of counter top has the end of the grain of wood exposed as the topofthe counter- top. It is mostly used in areas where people will be cuttingdirectlyon the top. It shows the least amount of wear of all three styles and has themostcharacter. It is also the mostexpensive.
EdgeGrain: The term edge grain comes from using the thin side "edge" of a board as thetopsurface of a counter top. This is done by cutting wood into strips andlaminatingmany of them together to make a counter top. Most of the time, the woodstripsarecut ¾"to1 ¾ "wide.Thisstylecangiveacertainordertothecounter topwhich is very appealing to many people. Most common maple "butcherblock"counter tops aremadeinthisfashion.
Plank style/FaceGrain: Another name for plank style is face grain. As the name implies, the face oftheboardorthewidestpartoftheboardmakesthetopofthecounter top.Inthistype of counter top you can really see the grain of the wood. Most of ourcenterislands,counter topsandtablesaremadeinthisstyle.