Spieces of wood
Botanical name: Prunus serotina.
Type: tree of Rosales family. It is difficult to define the name of cherry wood colour in one word. It is pinky-grey like flush of dawn damped with fog. It is intense purpureal like flaming sun went under horizon. Cherry wears various colours and grows dark with the increase of years.
Texture: structure of cherry wood is smooth, uniform with straight fibers. Growth rings and thin stripes are clearly visible on the cut. Little gum pockets and mottles of pulp can be found in texture that is a feature peculiar to cherry wood.
Density: about 580 kg/m3.
Range: cherry had put down its roots in different parts of world. It grows throughout Europe, Asia Minor, USA and Russia. Cherry is worth its name because ancient Indian word “Vishnu” means “penetrating into everything, pervasive”.
Cherry is one the most beautiful trees on the Earth. It has delicate white blossoms, tasty drupes and unique wood.
Mechanical properties: cherry wood is flexible and solid but it is much softer than oak-wood, that’s why cherry is easily pliant to machining, splicing and processing with tools. After being seasoned in drying chamber this wood preserves its initial dimensions.
Application: cherry wood was brought into fashion by the Italians in the end of XX century. Cherry was the response to Scandinavian style (with inclusions of knots and other flaws of wood) as far as cherry had forever enslaved the upperclass society with its elegancy, soft and smooth texture with exceptional range of tints. Since then cherry wood is used in manufacturing of doors, stairs, furniture, musical instruments and finishing of pictures.
Cherry is symbol of the beautiful in Japan culture. Sakura blossom viewing (small cherry with pink flowers) is a national tradition and their national feature is to dedicate poems to sakura.
“Flowers are trembling,
But branches of cherry not bend
Haiku of Matsuo Bashō
Cherry is the tree that will inspire you to creative work at home.