InForm Design had a similar idea when working on the Blairgowrie House. The concept in this case was a little bit different. The window is not a replacement for a traditional backsplash but rather an addition to one. The window is merely a quirky feature that brings in a little bit of light and a peaceful view for the sink area while the rest of the counter features a white subway tiled backsplash.
The most common type is made from boards placed on their sides and glued so that the narrower edge forms the surface. De Vos Woodworking says the strips can be “continuous lengths with no joints, or random- length pieces that are finger-jointed.“ These types of countertops work best in for large countertops, like long kitchen counters or island tops. Because wood only moves in one direction, across its width, edge grain butcher block is more stable than other wood countertops. It can also be less pricey.
Most wood countertops are traditional butcher blocks, but today they are chosen more for their appearance than their usefulness for chopping. These countertops are modern versions of the thick rounds of sycamore that butchers worked on until the 1880s. lengths of hard maple glued together took their place in the early 1900s because they are a stronger, more durable surface.