Information on the American Hardwoods We Use

 

 

Wild Black Cherry

 

Wild Black Cherry Woodnew and aged cherry spoonsWild Black Cherry is a tough, smooth, strong linear grain patterned hardwood. It starts out salmon in color and gradually deepens in response to light exposure and time. Ultimately, a cherry board will become a beautiful deep reddish brown.
 
All wood has natural “defects”.  Cherry blemishes can be small black spots, pin knots, or extremely small splits.  They are what contributes to making every board one-of-a-kind, and are looked at as attributes rather than flaws.  When making the cutting boards, the craftsman is not able to determine what the surface will look like until the board is completed. Every board is a surprise up to the very end.

 

Cherry is found throughout the eastern United States and America's abundant Appalachian forests.  The commercial range for a high-quality tree is found in the Allegheny Plateau of Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia.  Whenever possible, CBG uses reforested wood.

 

 

Black Walnut

 

Black Walnut WoodFinished product - Black Walnut SpatulaBlack Walnut is a beautiful, rich hardwood that ranges in color from chocolate brown to nearly black. It is a strong wood and is usually straight grained with a moderately coarse, uniform texture. 

 

All wood has natural “defects”.  Walnut’s blemishes can be pin knots and yellowish stripes.  They are what contributes to making every board one-of-a-kind.  Many consider these attributes rather than flaws.  When making the cutting boards, the craftsman is not able to determine what the surface will look like until the board is completed. Every board is a surprise up to the very end.

 

Black walnut ranges from the east coast to the great plains, from Texas and Georgia north to central Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and southern Ontario. Most of the best quality trees are found in the central states region from Ohio to Iowa.  Whenever possible, CBG uses reforested wood.

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