Wood Samples

 

Cherry has long been a favorite choice of mine. It is a very strong and stable hardwood which is prized for its natural luster, attractive grain patterns and rich warm glow. Cherry is selected from the Allegheny Forest region in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It is widely recognized for its sustainable forest practices. This mid-Atlantic cherry has a consistently higher quality of grain, color and width than the same species from other regions.

As it ages, exposure to sunlight will begin to darken the wood to rich red-brown. Each piece of cherry is unique in grain pattern and coloring. The darkening occurs gradually. The photos demonstrate the changes at one month, four months and a year.

1 Month

4 Months

1 Year

You will want to be careful about leaving objects on the surface for an extended period of time. Exposure to sunlight will leave a temporary shadow as the furniture ages

Although today we think of black cherry as one of the classic furniture woods, it wasn't always that way. Settlers in the Appalachian Mountains, for example, valued the tree's fruit more than its wood. They dubbed the tree "rum cherry" because from its dark purple cherries they brewed a potent liquor. Also, black cherry's inner bark contributed to tonics and cough medicines. Elsewhere though, the wood was more appreciated.

Early furniture-makers often found the price of fashionable Honduras mahogany beyond reach and turned instead to native black cherry. Black cherry wood eventually darkens to a deep reddish brown.

Today, cherry still appears in classic reproductions of colonial style furniture. It has also climbed in popularity as a new look in kitchen cabinets.

I have been using cherry for  over a decade to rave reviews from customers. Cherry has gone up 3 times in price in the last 10 years whereas pine or oak has gone up 1.5 times. Cherry is not only a choice but a worthwhile investment.

 

Examples of Exotic woods just look at the hardness compared to oak.
For a lifetime investment its not that much more expensive. It will go up in value!
The top part of the picture is natural the bottom part is with 1 coat of clear coat.

One that is not pictured here is cherry.

Brazilian Cherry
Hardness: 2400 / Change Coefficient: .00300


Brazilian Cherry weighing nearly 60lbs per cubic foot is harder and more durable than any US hardwood. Our flooring of pure heartwood is predominately quarter sawn and has an attractive golden red colour and grain texture similar to Honduran Mahogany. It also offers good stability and excellent finishing characteristics. With a naturally rich colour and excellent durability, Brazilian Cherry is an excellent value in wood flooring.

With an appearance very similar to antique heart Pine this specie is the perfect choice for anyone desiring a rustic or country look but demand durability. Australian Cypress from Queensland is technically a softwood although it is actually harder than Northern Red Oak. In fact Australian Cypress is the hardest and most durable commercial softwood in the world. The overall varied appearance of this specie includes colours ranging from cream to straw to honey brown, and frequent darker colored knots.

Australian Cypress
Hardness: 1375 / Change Coefficient: .00162

Derived from the Amazon basin as well as parts of Colombia and Venezuela this specie offers good stability and a hardness greater than Hickory. As the name implies the heartwood is a vivid purple colour when freshly sawn which in time and exposure to UV light will darken to a deep purple-brown. Purpleheart is primarily straight grained and reveals occasional quilted or wavy figures in quartered cuts. Purpleheart is colorful, durable, stable, and makes for a beautifully unique floor.

Purpleheart
Hardness: 1860 / Change Coefficient: .00212

This specie is as durable as it is beautiful. Our Santos Mahogany is a consistent reddish brown color similar to but usually darker than Brazilian Cherry. It has a smooth texture similar to Maple and a primarily straight grain that often reveals ribbon figures. These characteristics combined with a hardness rating near double that of Northern Red Oak make this specie a very appealing selection. Santos Mahogany finishes beautifully and will provide a lifetime of durability.

Santos Mahogany
Hardness: 2200 / Change Coefficient: .00238


Red Oak
Hardness: 1290 / Change Coefficient: .00369

Canada's most chosen wood. That familiar golden reddish-brown colour and interesting textured grain is irresistible to many. Red Oak is selected equally for both formal and casual settings and is an especially fitting selection for any craftsman-style home.