Chopping Blocks are an aesthetic block that can also be used in mob traps to increase the damage saws cause. Pictured right is the "Bloodied" version of the block, which is acquired when a mob's "blood" (particle effects that are cast off when a mob takes damage) land on a clean chopping block.
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While completely optional, chopping blocks increase the chance that mobs capable of dropping skulls will in fact do so upon death when killed with saws while being suffocated by a chopping block (bloodied or clean). Creepers, Skeletons, Zombies and Withers fall into this category. This can be handy in the case of skeletons, due to the fact that their skulls can be ground down into more bonemeal.
Keep in Mind
Chopping blocks are one of the few non-wooden blocks that, when placed upon the cutting surface of a saw, will not break the saw.