Real Cherry Wood Furniture 101

real cherry wood furniture This Natural Vermont Spindle Bed is shown in real, natural cherry wood. It’s pretty new in the photo so it’s light in color. After a few months of exposure to sunlight, the furniture will darken to a rich reddish brown color.
If you've made your way to this post, chance are you've spent a considerable amount of time trying to find real cherry wood furniture. Why do you suppose real cherry is so hard to find? Well, it's kind of like trying to find real American made furniture right? Both are relatively rare in this age of cheap imports and they can easily get obscured by the mass marketing of knock-offs.

Real Cherry Furniture 101

Real honest cherry furniture is still being handcrafted in Vermont and in fact, it is the wood of choice for over half of our customers. As such we get asked a lot of questions about it. The curiosity of our customers has made us experts in cherry wood and cherry furniture & we're happy to share everything we've learned. Here are a few articles you might be interested in:

  1. Cherry fundamentals: heartwood, sapwood, color, grain and mineral deposits
  2. Solid Cherry Wood Furniture: 3 Ways To Tell If It's Real
  3. Natural Cherry Wood Furniture Characteristics: Color

Faux Cherry Furniture 101

real cherry wood furniture So you're not sure what the color of real cherry is? Well, no wonder! When I just googled "real cherry wood" these images are what came up. Quite a variation, isn't it? Learn how to tell cherry from it's imitators here.
Don't be fooled by the plethora of stores that sell faux cherry knock offs and label them as "real cherry wood". What you're buying at those stores is actually rubber wood, poplar, alder or any number of fast-growing wood alternatives. They are often illegally clear-cut from the world's rapidly disappearing rainforests, then bleached, texturized and stained to look like cherry. Why would companies like Wayfair, Crate and Barrel, Amazon, Walmart, Overstock, Macy's, JC Penny's risk their reputations by engaging in such false advertising? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Facebook.

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Peggy Farabaugh

She is a CEO who brakes for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning professor at Tulane University with a master’s in environmental health & safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.

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