I am moving and am remodeling the new kitchen right now, and am including a nice big island. I have decided to go with CaesarStone for the countertops (have it in my current kitchen and love it). On the island, my kitchen designer suggested that I consider butcher block, especially since the island will be a prep area with a sink (the thought being I could chop on it). He also thought it might add some warmth with the wood, since my cabinets will be white. Photos of kitchens with it are beautiful.
Does anyone have one? Do you chop on it? How's maintenance? How long-lasting is it, assuming average diligence with sanding, oiling, etc.?