by Lambdafarm on October 29, 2010

One of my favorite woods to work in is cherry.  It is hard enough to be durable but soft enough to work.  Cherry is still readibly available in the United States.  It is somewhat expensive but not as much as Walnut, and I like it better.

Cherry grows 60 to 80 feet tall and can live 150 to 200 years.  The bark was used medicinally for bronchitis and other ailments, while the juice was mixed with rum to form a cordial.  The straight grain and nice warm color lent themselves to fine furniture and gunstocks.

Here is a box of cherry that I made for the presentation of some gifts.  You can see the nice grain pattern and the way it readily takes stain.  Cherry is easy to work and does not dull tools too quickly, unlike some woods.

Handle detail on cherry wood presentation box

I can make most of the things I create out of cherry.  What can I make for you?

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