We often take weeks or even months to pick out our furniture and make sure it's perfect for our family and our home. But have you ever wondered where your furniture comes from? More and more people are feeling that the origin and crafting of their furniture is just as important as the look, style and feel of it. Families want to know that they have made a socially and environmentally responsible choice with regard to how their furniture is made.
Over the past several years, over half of our handcrafted furniture has been made with natural cherry wood. It's not a species that grows very well in Vermont so we use wood from the Allegheny forest region of Pennsylvania, which is known for its sustainable forest management practices.
A few facts about natural cherry wood, courtesy of the American Hardwood Information Center:
- Cherry is a fruit tree, of course
- The average cherry tree height is 60 to 80 feet
- Cherry trees can live to the extreme ages of 150 to 200 years
- American Colonists used the cherry tree for its fruit, medicinal properties and home furnishings.
- They mixed cherry juice with rum to create Cherry Bounce, a bitter but highly favored cordial.
- The bark was used in the production of drugs to treat bronchitis
- Cherry stalks were used to make tonics
- Surprisingly, cherry trees belong to the rose family