Reclaimed American cherry is rare, as its traditionally a valued wood for crafted furniture. So what’s it doing as crating for agricultural equipment? In the course of milling cherry trees, some boards are often graded out with ‘defects’ – stress cracks, slight bows, larger knots and the like. Once they’re off the charts for any of the furniture grades, they’re essentially relegated to waste, or better, reclamation.
Lengths3 - 14'
Color and Surface
The fine even grained cherry has warm color tones and features nail hole patterns that evoke its construction. The original surface maintains a circular saw mark pattern which is often skip=planed or completely resurfaced to reveal the premium hardwood below. The wood is a light reddish brown when Resawn, darkening to a medium reddish brown with time and upon exposure to light.
Nature and Culture
American cherry grows in the northeast US in mixed hardwood forests, reaching tall heights within dense stands in Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia and West Virginia. Cherry takes less time to mature than other hardwoods, and regenerates naturally after forest fires. Early colonists called cherry ‘New England Mahogony’ for its tendency to darken with age.