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Wood samples may be ordered in natural cherry, maple, oak or walnut. The cost of samples will be fully credited back to your account if you return them to Vermont Woods Studios.

Stains and custom finishes available with 10-20% upcharge. Contact us to order custom wood samples not offered above.

Remember cherry wood darkens with age and exposure to light. After a few months your cherry furniture will reach a rich reddish brown patina.


Please note that all woods are subject to common variations. We cannot guarantee that the graining or color of our furniture will exactly match the samples. Learn more about grain variations, natural markings and finish in our FAQ section.

Learn more about the different woods that we offer.


Only our Cherry Moon Furniture, American Shaker Furniture, and Vermont-Made Shaker Furniture Collections are available with an Oil/Poly Gel Finish.

Learn more about the different finishes that we offer.

See below to get an idea of what our different woods look like.


Natural variations in real wood and hand applied finishes make each piece of furniture unique. Slight grain and finish irregularities tell you that the furniture has been crafted from real trees. They are considered hallmarks of genuine authenticity and quality.

Heartwood and Sapwood: We use both heartwood & sapwood in our furniture and do our best to keep the grain color consistent. You may however, notice grain color variations particularly on the bottom of table tops and on table legs.

Mineral Deposits: One characteristic of natural wood (particularly cherry) is the mineral deposit--a small black fleck in the grain where sap was stored. Mineral deposits (or pitch pockets) are natural and randomly occurring. They do not diminish the strength or quality of your furniture, but rather add to its uniqueness.

Cherry Wood Color: Natural cherry wood starts out as a light-toned wood. It darkens as it is exposed to light. This process depends upon the amount of natural and artificial light in the room. It can take anywhere from a month to a number of years. Most customers report that their furniture darkens within 4-6 months.

Furniture Returns: The use of sapwood and frequency of mineral deposits in our furniture is reflected in the product photos throughout our website. Like any other fine furniture maker, we cannot guarantee the absence of mineral deposits or sapwood and we cannot consider their presence a reason for furniture returns.