Generally falling in between face grain and end grain construction is the edge grain board. In my opinion, the main benefit over a face grain board is the ability to go much thicker with edge grain construction. While I consider end grain to be a butcher block, a lot of folks refer to edge grain counter tops and boards as butcher blocks.

Personally, a nice thick edge grain board is my preference when heavy chopping is involved. I'm in North Carolina, so most of my chopping is smoked pork bbq.

Here are a few examples of some recent edge grain boards I've completed:

Goncalo Alves (Tigerwood), Ash, Poplar, Walnut, Padauk:

Walnut, Hickory, Poplar, Ash, Yellowheart, Maple (This was a Masters themed board for all you golf fans):

Maple, Canarywood, Walnut:

Goncalo Alves (Tigerwood) and Ash: