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Our Modern American Executive Desk in natural Cherry wood

With so much imitation out there, we’re here to help you see what natural cherry wood really looks like

Recently our Founder and CEO, Peggy Farabaugh, wrote about what to expect with natural cherry wood furniture. One of the key pieces of information she shared is that cherry wood furniture’s color matures over time. It will start in a light pink tone and as it’s exposed to light, it will ripen into a rich reddish brown color.

I wanted to create a list featuring a variety of our products in cherry wood to showcase the different stages of maturity you’ll see with real cherry wood. (note: Our natural cherry pieces are not finished with stains or toners to alter its color, just a surface protecting finish is applied. Stains are available on some pieces if a deeper, richer color is desired)

Brandon Panel Bed

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Our Brandon Panel Bed in Natural Cherry wood

In this picture you see both light pink and golden red coloring amongst the boards, which is not uncommon as the lumber could be coming from two different trees. Over time as the wood darkens though, the pieces should blend into the same classic rich red color.

Modern American Dining Table and Modern American Bench

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Our Modern American Dining Table in Natural Cherry Wood

Both of these modern designed pieces are made with real cherry wood and an oil and wax finish was used. As the picture shows, these pieces have a rich, golden-red color to them with the pink undertones still blending into the wood.

New England Shaker Bed

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Our New England Shaker Bed in Natural Cherry wood.

As seen here, this piece has less of a pink tone to it and more of a red/brown coloring typically seen in cherry wood furniture that has aged over time. It has turned from a light colored wood, to a classic, rich red and golden-brown hued color.

Berkeley 3 Drawer Small Chest of Drawers

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Our Berkeley 3 Drawer Small Chest of Drawers in Natural Cherry Wood

Here you see a nightstand in natural cherry wood with a lacquer finish (walnut pulls) that looks very light in comparison to the rest of the furniture I’ve shown you. But even this piece will darken the more it’s exposed to light.

By now you’re probably noticing that cherry wood furniture really can vary in wood tone even on the same piece of furniture.

Click each picture below to see more examples of our cherry wood furniture.

Modern Shaker Glass Door Bookcase

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Windsor Rocking Chair

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Andrews Natural Cherry Buffet

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Cherry Moon 6-Drawer Dresser

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Natural wood furniture is truly a unique and evolving investment and we hope this two part series on real cherry wood helped clear up any uncertainty you may have had. If you have further questions about cherry wood or any of the products featured, don’t hesitate to call our knowledgeable sales team at (888) 390-5571. If you’re in the area, we’d love to show you around our historic Stonehurst Showroom.

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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We often take weeks or even months to pick out our furniture and make sure it's perfect for our family and our home.  But have you ever wondered where your furniture comes from?  More and more people are feeling that the origin and crafting of their furniture is just as important as the look, style and feel of it.  Families want to know that they have made a socially and environmentally responsible choice with regard to how their furniture is made.

Over the past several years, over half of our handcrafted furniture has been made with natural cherry wood.  It's not a species that grows very well in Vermont so we use wood from the Allegheny forest region of Pennsylvania, which is known for its sustainable forest management practices.

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A few facts about natural cherry wood, courtesy of the American Hardwood Information Center:

  • Cherry is a fruit tree, of course
  • The average cherry tree height is 60 to 80 feet
  • Cherry trees can live to the extreme ages of 150 to 200 years
  • American Colonists used the cherry tree for its fruit, medicinal properties and home furnishings.
  • They mixed cherry juice with rum to create Cherry Bounce, a bitter but highly favored cordial.
  • The bark was used in the production of drugs to treat bronchitis
  • Cherry stalks were used to make tonics
  • Surprisingly, cherry trees belong to the rose family

Find natural cherry dining tables, natural cherry china cabinets, cherry armoires and other natural cherry furniture at Vermont Woods Studios.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.