I have never had the pleasure of working with the eastern Black Cherry except in the cabinet shop where I used to help out and that was usually cherry plywood and edge banding and a few times solid wood for drawer fronts and face frames.
I have worked with the “Black Cherry” that grows wild here in Washington, making some smaller things like jewelry boxes etc.
It does have a reddish color with a lighter sapwood but also usually is streaked with darker browns and almost black and sometimes a greenish color.
It works fairly well, sometimes burning occurs from the blades or bits though.
It does not get anywhere near as large as the Eastern and it has blossoms and fruit very much like a Bing cherry except the fruit is smaller.
My dad and everyone else I know has always called them “seedling cherry”.
I always thought as a kid that if there was a Johnny Appleseed running around planting apples trees – then there Had to of been at least two Jerry Cherryseeds running around twice as fast.
Does anyone know any more about this, any ideas about if they are the same or just related?
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