The butcher block countertop can be a great material in the kitchen. We prefer it used in one specific prep area, with something less porous used near the sink and wet areas. The touch of wood can add visual warmth to the kitchen and, of course, serve as a useful spot for food preparation.
These links provide information on how to install a butcher block countertop and how to incorporate one into a kitchen with other materials:
And here are some tips from The Kitchn and Apartment Therapy on installing and caring for the material:
Related: Product Review: Boos Block Cutting Board
(Images: Hampton Design, Country Living, This Old House, Don Freeman/Country Living, Apartment Therapy)