Cherry: Eastern United States (Prunus Serotina)
Black Cherry, American Cherry (or, as we like to say, “Cherry”)
Cherry is the bomb. One the finest North American hardwoods with a lengthy history of producing elegant, beautiful and lasting furniture and millwork.
The sapwood is a pale yellow-white. It’s the heartwood that’s the prize: pale pinkish-tan to rich red that develops a beautiful patina of medium red-brown over time. Inherent pith flecks and small pitch pockets lend Cherry its classic character. The grain is typically uniform and smooth and when sanded well produces a satiny finish.
The beauty of Cherry is the reason producers try to mimic it by staining birch, alder and yellow poplar.
Cherry works well with hand and power tools, although there are pieces with swirly grain (prized) that can be a challenge. It’s very durable and quite resistant to rot.
Applications are endless: fine furniture and cabinetry for sure. Interior millwork, flooring, musical instruments, turnings.
We offer Cherry lumber, rough and surfaced, Plain-sawn and Quarter-sawn, in 4/4, 5/4, 6/4 and 8/4.
Our Cherry plywood selection includes a range of thickness and includes beautiful Sequence-Matched and Numbered runs in Plain-sawn and Quarter-sawn.
Price-wise at the higher end of domestic hardwoods. Worth it? We think so.
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