Cherry is rated one of the wood favorites because of its beauty and versatility; it has warmth, personality and charm. As a craftwood it cuts, stains and sands beautifully, which makes it a hobby wood of choice.

Cherry has a pale yellowish sapwood and a darker heartwood. The wood's color deepens to its characteristic reddish brown, almost mahogany-like color when exposed to the sun. The sapwood never darkens to the same color of the heartwood. Cherry often shows a waving curly figure when finished. Heartwood can have dark spots or fine black lines that are actually gum pockets, that pose added challenges in finishing.