Somerset's Appalachian Advantage:
Some of the finest lumber in the world comes from the Appalachian Mountain region of the U.S., where Somerset is strategically located. The lumber is considered superior because of the benefits inherent in the location and the land. The climate is a main factor in producing the naturally superior quality. The slower growth of trees results in high growth rings, consistent grains, and strong fibers that lead to strength, durability, and beauty.
Cherry is used in the manufacture of furniture, cabinetry, flooring, paneling and veneers, high class joinery and mouldings, doors, boat interiors, musical instruments, and more. It is an excellent wood for turning and carving.
The heartwood of cherry varies from rich red to reddish brown with contrasting sapwood that is creamy white in color. Cherry wood will darken and become more red with exposure to light. The grain is straight and uniform, with a smooth texture, and may have naturally occurring narrow brown pith flecks and small gum pockets.
Cherry is easy to machine with hand and power tools, nails and glues well. It can be sanded, stained and polished to an excellent smooth finish.
Cherry has a Janka Hardness Rating of 950 (compared to red oak at 1290). It has medium density, medium strength, low stiffness and medium shock resistance. It has good bending characteristics.