Uses: European Cherry timber has a wide range of uses including pattern making, tobacco pipes, musical instruments, furniture and cabinetmaking, high-class joinery, boat interiors and backing blocks for mounting printing plates. It is an excellent turnery and carving wood. Selected logs are also converted into decorative veneers for furniture, cabinets, wall panelling and flush doors, etc.
General Description: European Cherry timber is a temperate hardwood found in various locations around Europe. It is abundant within England and is therefore sometimes known as the English Cherry tree. 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. It has a smooth texture and weighs about 580 kg/m³ (36 lb/ft³) with a specific gravity 0.58.
European Cherry timber has good wood bending properties, low stiffness, medium strength and medium resistance to shock loads. European Cherry timber also glues and finishes well, making it ideal for making furniture and turnery purposes.
Cherry timber dries fairly rapidly, with little degradation if care is taken to avoid a moderately large amount of shrinkage during seasoning. There is medium movement in service.
In terms of durability, Cherry timber itself is moderately durable. The Cherry's sapwood however is liable to attack by the common furniture beetle. The heartwood is also moderately resistant to preservative treatment.
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.
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