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#1 posted 06-28-2012 02:32 PM

I work with cherry a lot, and have found very little that doesn’t carry the flaws that you described.. they are not really flaws. There are places that sell wormy cherry at a premium price for the discriminate buyer. the wormy areas as you call them are created by a beatle that lays its eggs in the bark of the tree, as the tree grows these
areas become part of the sapwood , then the heart wood.. they are commonly referred to as gum or pitch lines. I buy my cherry out of Vermont and most if not all of the boards have some of this in them.. as has been stated above would love to pick the discard pile of a company that wont use any of it.. must be thousands of board feet of throw away cherry.. make ya want to cry.. I love working with cherry its just so beautiful when finished.. and those little lines and groves just add to its appeal when completed.. I have never had anyone complain about a finished piece and they all have some pitch lines in them.. How often do you come across a piece that was constructed of Spalted maple or flecked oak etc.. these are considered special because of their flaws.. I feel the same way about the cherry.. just makes it all the more original and appealing. just my thoughts.. have fun and keep your tools sharp.. Papa

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