This end grain block utilizes a brickwork pattern inspired from the brick buildings and brownstones of Brooklyn. An advantage of offsetting the bricks is that it is inherently a stronger joint than your typical checkerboard pattern. For the record, an end grain board is better for your knives and more sanitary than your edge grain or plastic board. The wood fibers on an end grain board are facing upwards so when you cut down onto the board, you’re actually cutting in between the wood fibers as opposed to cutting through the fibers like on an edge grain board which makes a permanent cut into the wood. This permanent cut into an edge grain or plastic board also ends up being a place for bacteria to reside.
Walnut is characterized by the rich dark hues in the heartwood and its golden coloration in its sapwood, sometimes also with subtle undertones of purple, whereas cherry is notable for its orange to fiery red heartwood and paler, more yellow sapwood. In terms of hardness, cherry is the softest, maple (the industry standard) is the hardest, and walnut is in the middle, but all are more than suitable for your kitchen's needs.