Cutting Board Blanks & Packages
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Eastern North America
The heart wood of this wood is a beautiful light pinkish brown when freshly cut and darkens to a rich medium reddish brown as it ages and is exposed to light. The sap wood is a creamy pale-yellow colour and there are occasional dark red/black pitch pockets.
Cherry is coveted by furniture and cabinet makers for its easy workability and even colouring. Even curly or figured pieces plane and machine well. Beware if you are planing to stain cherry because the stain is absorbed unevenly and can lead to a blotchy result. Be sure to seal with shellac or sanding sealer prior to any staining.
Cabinetry, fine furniture, veneer, flooring, interior millwork, and turnings.
It does not take long for Cherry to change colour and darken. Be aware that direct sunlight while working it can cause undesirable tan lines.