The Mysteries and Magic of Cherry
A look at America''s premier cabinetwood
Synopsis: How can a beginning woodworker go wrong choosing to work with cherry? Learning the whims and ways of this wood is one of woodworking’s great challenges, and it bestows its charms only upon those who toil for the privilege, according to Jon Arno. In this article, he explains why boards can vary so much in color, texture, and other characteristics. He also details the regions in which the trees grow, providing unmatched insight into the species.
From Fine Woodworking #169
Of the hundreds of woods I’ve spent a lifetime studying, none has so captivated me as cherry. Even now, when I bring it into my shop, its pleasant scent, subtly warm appearance, and satiny feel soothe me with a sense of familiarity and comfort. And yet every time I choose it for a project, my confidence is shaken. This species often seems to have a hidden personality—always friendly but…