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Forum topic by Dez posted 10-19-2010 08:45 AM 1037 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2010 08:45 AM

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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?

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 05:15 PM

well dez i wish i could shed some light on the subject…but ive never worked it at all..and would love to some day..i was hoping when i came her just now that you would have some input…but not yet huh..i will tag this and see what and who shows up and gives there knowledge..i hope you get what your wanting here…hope your doing well…grizzman…oh i was going to ask..have you ever had the chance of getting your big tools out and going…or are you using someone else’s shop for now…?

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 10-19-2010 08:21 PM

Hey Grizz, No – my big tools will have to stay in storage until I find a new place I can afford or find a benefactor with an empty shop nearby. I need at least 1400 sq ft to have enough room to be able to use them.
I am using a buddies shop for now. I really appreciate him letting me use his tools but I also really hate using other folks stuff, I am so used to mine!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 10-20-2010 06:05 AM

Not enough of a woodworker yet to know anything about cherry, but I did see a guy planting cherry seeds. He said he was 3rd generation, so they been at it a long time ;-)) He said Johnny Appleseed didn’t take time to have any kids, so there was only him. That is how the cherries got so far ahead.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 10-20-2010 06:55 AM

SEE! I knew it! Even as a kid I was no dummy! LOL

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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