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Where It's From:
Cherry (Prunus serotina), also called Wild Cherry, and Black Cherry, is native to Eastern North America and can be found straight through the US from Quebec to Texas.
Why It's Special:
Quarter-sawn Cherry has a fine, straight grain with shorter rays that can be almost microscopic in dimension. The grain is usually easy to work — with the exception of figured pieces with curly grain patterns. There is no separation in Cherry between quartered and rift due to the fact that Cherry doesn’t exhibit bold medullary ray.
How It Works:
Cherry is known as being one of the best all-around woods for workability. It is stable, straight-grained, and machines well.
The heartwood varies from reddish-brown to deep rich red tones. There is some great figuring and quilting in Cherry. The sapwood is white to a pale yellow.
Uses include fine furniture, flooring, cabinetry, jewelry boxes and turnings cherry.