George Washington and the cherry tree. You’ve all heard the story. It’s a pretty popular motif this time of year, in all of those Presidents Day ads.
My interest as a woodworker, of course, is in the wood. I cannot tell a lie: cherry is one of my favorite woods. It has its faults, of course, or at least what some might perceive as such: cherry wood has a tendency toward burning while you’re machining it; and as a completed piece ages, it turns darker over time rather than retaining all of its redness.
But still, there’s a great beauty to this hardwood.
I have to say, I understand the temptation to cut down a cherry tree.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal