> TRADE NAMES
Ciliegio – Italy
Cherry – Great Britain
Cerisier – France
> GROWTH AREA
Cherry can be found all over the Europe and Lower Asia, but also in Caucus, U.S.A. and in some areas of Central America.
> TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES
Sapwood and heartwood are slightly distinguished: the first is narrow and yellow instead the heartwood is brown-pink and tends to become darker when seasoned. Very good sliced veneer for faces similar to the one of maple. It has a straight fibre and a medium texture. Cherry is excellently suited for polishing, obtaining a silky surface.
> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
At 15% of moisture content, it has a specific weight of 580 Kg/m3.
> DRYING METHOD
Drying shouldn’t be too fast and must be carefully process in order to avoid losses through warping or splitting.
> MAIN USES AND WORKING
Normally used for the execution of fine woodwork, the American variety, also known as black cherry, is considered particularly valuable because of its characteristic dark and intense colour. This wood is used for the musical instrument production, for the naval constructions, for pipes, or for valuable woodworks. It is also widely used by the furniture industry.
There are many varieties both of wood and cherry trees whose differences, however, does not change the structure of wood but the properties of the several botanical varieties.