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.
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.