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about cherry

In Brief

When you want your hardwood furniture to add warmth, richness and stunning beauty to your space then cherry is probably your best bet.

Cherry’s complex coloring, and swirling grain render even the simplest of designs into interesting pieces while clever designs become no less than striking. It’s no wonder that our customers have made it their resounding favorite.


When your cherry furniture first arrives, its color will be quite pale. Occasionally first timers are even skeptical that they’ve received cherry. In a just a few weeks, however, you’ll start to see your cherry darken, and in a few months to a year your cherry will turn the warm brownish-red most people associate with cherry.

The speed with which your cherry darkens is directly related to the amount of light it gets. The more exposure to light the faster it will change. And while your cherry will continue to darken over time, once it has reached a certain point (the exact point varies from board to board) the rate of change will slow dramatically.

Special Features

One frequently occurring feature that gives cherry its special character is a small black fleck in the grain known as a pitch pocket. Like all of the idiosyncrasies of a natural material, pitch pockets are randomly occurring, and we cannot honor requests for “extra” pitch pockets or to place them in a prominent location.

Cherry has moderate occurrences of a naturally occurring grain feature know as curl. Curl results from an abrupt twist or… well… curl in the typical linear pattern of the wood’s grain, and on occasion can create an almost iridescent appearance.

Occasionally cherry will contain streaks of sapwood which comes from the outer most section of a log. Cherry sapwood will be markedly lighter than the rest.

Because of the high degree of contrast between sapwood and heartwood, we guarantee you will not find cherry sapwood on any of our case fronts or tops or table tops.


Cherry can be stained successfully and is recommended mainly when a darker than natural color is desired. Should a board contain curl (see above) these areas will absorb more stain than the surronding areas creating a high level of contrast.

Staining is not recommended as an alternative to waiting for the cherry to darken naturally. If stained, the thousands of subtle tones that create cherry’s natural beauty will be muted and the woods color will always appear flatter than natural, aged cherry.