Solid-cherry-wood-bedroom Furniture made of solid cherry wood is considered some of the finest furniture available in the world today.  That’s because cherry is a beautiful, stable hardwood that develops a rich reddish brown patina over the years and just keeps getting more gorgeous as time goes by.

I’m always saddened when customers tell us they’ve been searching in their local areas and online for solid cherry furniture and they haven’t been able to find the real thing.

What’s happened is that the larger furniture companies have opted for low-price over quality in their furniture designs.  They typically use cheaper, lower quality woods, stain them and then call them “cherry”.  The worst part is that the stains don’t even remotely look like real cherry wood, but this cheap furniture is so plentiful that people often think that stain is the actual color of cherry.  At Vermont Woods Studios Furniture it breaks our craftsmans’ hearts when people ask them to stain solid cherry furniture to make it match existing fake “cherry” furniture that’s in their homes.

Solid-cherry-wood bookcase Here are some examples of solid cherry wood furniture.  You’ll notice there are varying degrees of color.  Natural cherry wood starts out a light pinkish color and darkens over time with exposure to light.  Eventually it ripens to a stunning reddish brown.  You can hasten the darkening process by oiling the wood often.

If you’re shopping for cherry furniture and you have any doubts about the wood, be sure to ask the salesperson if it’s authentic cherry wood.  Ask where it’s from too.  The best cherry in the world is grown in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and because we don’t have much cherry in Vermont, that’s where we get ours from.  More on cherry wood furniture here.

 

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Our American Shaker Large Sideboard in natural cherry wood.

Let’s talk about natural cherry wood furniture.

Today I wanted to provide some detail about naturally occurring mineral deposits that are a characteristic of cherry.

In cherry wood small black flecks occur in the grain where tiny amounts of sap were stored in the cherry tree.

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You can see on these panels the little pockets where sap once lived.

Mineral deposits (or pitch pockets) are natural and randomly occurring.  They do not diminish the strength or quality of your furniture.  As we say: they add to its uniqueness.

The frequency of mineral deposits in our furniture varies with each tree utilized but it is largely reflected in the product photos here and throughout our website.  Like any other fine furniture maker we cannot guarantee the absence of mineral deposits in our cherry wood furniture and we cannot consider the presence of mineral deposits a reason for furniture returns, per our lifetime guarantee policy.

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Our Loft Bedroom Collection in natural cherry wood. Note the mineral deposits on the two bottom left drawers of the dresser.

Looking for Cherry Furniture with Virtually No Mineral Deposits?

Most of our furniture makers are reluctant to offer cherry furniture without mineral deposits for a couple reasons. First, it is against our sustainable forestry principles.  Up to five times the number of trees need to be harvested to produce furniture with virtually no mineral deposits.  Second, the presence of mineral deposits in cherry wood can be a matter of opinion.  What one customer might feel was mineral-deposit free furniture may not be the same for another customer.

If mineral deposits are an issue for you, give us a call.  We’ll work something out… although I should mention that the price of a “virtually mineral deposit-free” piece is generally about twice that of the regular piece.

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As you might imagine at a furniture store, we spend a lot of time with our customers, getting to know their needs and preferences and budgets.  It used to be that needs and preferences came first in our discussion,  but in this time of recession, the budget is almost always the main thing on peoples’ minds.  At Vermont Woods Studios we’re responding to that and looking for all sorts of ways to add value to our product, while keeping the prices affordable.  Whenever we can, we’re placing items on our Furniture Sale page and leaving them there longer than planned, if customers request that.  We’ll talk about other ways we’re working with you to create the very best furniture value for your money in the next few posts.  In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re shopping on our sustainable furniture website and looking for ways to save.  We’re always happy to help.

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Our talented craftspeople at Vermont Woods Studios have been hard at work, designing creative, new eco friendly, green furniture for you in 2009.  We'll plan to showcase some of our new arrivals on our blog.  Each piece is handcrafted here in Vermont from green, environmentally friendly wood that has been sustainably harvested from local and regional forests employing responsible forest management plans.  Our handmade furniture features natural, non-toxic finishes and customers can choose from a water-based lacquer or a natural oil finish.  Most furniture pieces are made to order, so customers have the luxury of customizing their tables, chairs, beds and cabinets if needed.  Small customizations like adding-subtacting an inch or two to make a piece fit into your space, or changing the wood species or finish are often done free of charge. 

How do you like our new Modern Rectangular Dining-Conference Table and Chairs shown here in natural cherry wood?  It's a more contemporary look than much of our furniture that tends to be of a Shaker-type design, but I think it's beautiful.  I can't wait for someone to purchase the first set and send us a picture of it, all installed in their dining room.  We'll post it here on the blog, if they agree!

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As we start picking up the pieces of our broken economy and trying to sort through them, what kinds of changes will we make to avoid another meltdown?  We've unwittingly become such ravenous consumers, that we've gotten accustomed to forsaking quality in our purchases for instant gratification at the expense of frequent disposal and replacement.

We hear people say things like, "I like to freshen up my home and replace my furniture every few years to stay up with the trends."  In the furniture business, we call those disposable purchases curbside furniture.

If
you're lucky enough to have antiques and heirlooms that have been
handed down to you through the generations, I'll bet that even after
50-100 or more years, you'll find the quality of those items to be
superior to that of today's equivalent.

Rebuilding the economy on a green foundation is going to involve a cultural shift away from cheap, imported, transitory goods in favor of high-quality, long-lasting, timeless items that are crafted from sustainable resources and sold near the source with a minimum of transportation and fuel costs.  Green American furniture companies are leading the way toward this kind of a paradigm shift.  We have the sustainable resources, the talent, the facilities and the will to make it happen.  Visit the Sustainable Furniture Council to learn more.

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