A rose among woods
Jon Arno says tradition affects the mystique behind black cherry in furnituremaking. Magnificently skilled Shaker craftsmen could use the natural beauty of cherry to create a piece that’s exceptionally appealing without compromising functional design with bric-a-brac. Arno explains its beautiful figure, its moisture and working characteristics, and compares its cellular components with other common woods. It does best if left alone, not cultivated, so it’s dependent on opportunistic natural events. And it produces cyanic acid; Arno explains how to handle this.
From Fine Woodworking #66