Uses: Pattern making, tobacco pipes, musical instruments, furniture and cabinetmaking, high-class joinery, boat interiors, backing blocks for mounting printing plates. It is an excellent turnery and carving wood. Selected logs are converted into decorative veneers for furniture, cabinets, wall panelling, flushdoors, etc.
General Description: Cherry's heartwood varies from rich red to reddish-brown, with a fine, straight, close grain with narrow brown pith flecks and small gum pockets, and with a smooth texture. Weighs about 580 kg/m³ (36 lb/ft³); specific gravity .58.
The timber has good wood bending properties, low stiffness, and medium strength and resistance to shock loads.
Dries fairly rapidly, with little degrade if care is taken to avoid a moderately large amount of shrinkage during seasoning. There is medium movement in service.
Cherry's sapwood is liable to attack by common furniture beetle and heartwood moderately resistant to preservative treatment. The timber is moderately durable.
Family Name: Rosaceae
Latin Name: Prunus serotina
Distribution: In small quantities or scattered trees in deciduous forest areas in Canada and USA.
Also known as: English, French, Polish, Slavonian, etc according to origin.