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Curly Cherry Kitchen and Dining Set

Listing #3228   Listed on: 04/03/2011

Company Name: Berenguer Woodworks

Contact Name:   Jose Berenguer
Figure cherry kitchen in a simple shaker style. I took pains to bookmatch and sequence the wood grain to bring harmony and balance.
Dovetail tiger maple drawer boxes and solid wood shelves with the news and best hardware available.

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Viewer Comments:

Posted By: Scott     [04/03/2011]
Excellent work Jose, as usual.

Posted By: Tom     [04/04/2011]
Wow that figured cherry does pop. Your work is excellent and something I hope to do some day.

Posted By: jonathan balch     [04/07/2011]
Wood and craftsmanship look beautiful.

Posted By: Alexander Valle-Albert     [04/09/2011]
Excelente trabajo...muy fino.

Posted By: Mike Bacher     [04/09/2011]
Wow, Jose, God has blessed your hands and honed your skills. Beautiful work.

Posted By: Mark     [04/09/2011]
Stunning work...wished you lived closer, maybe you could do something with our kitchen...

Posted By: Bethany     [04/09/2011]
That is gorgeous!

Posted By: Juanita     [04/10/2011]
Very beautiful. I hope we can hire you for our next kitchen job.

Posted By: Jose Berenguer     [04/10/2011]
Thank you very much to all.
I'm have the best job in the world. So much fun so much fun.

Posted By: Jon Smith     [04/10/2011]
Workmanship and execution is outstanding. Overuse of resource is devastating. I don't doubt the tremendous skill and effort - but if this project were a piece of music it'd be banging me over the head with the subtlety of ozzie osborne dripping in bling. Sorry but I've a firm believer in letting beautiful figured cherry stand out in modest ways. Pernicious owners will ultimately send this to the trash heap since this kitchen won't be handed down to future generations...

Posted By: Martin M     [04/10/2011]
Nice work, once the cherry darken with time, it will add to the richness.

Posted By: Jose Berenguer     [04/11/2011]
I wasn't thinking of Ozzie when building this kitchen. I was thinking more of Mozart, Bach, heavenly places and the wonderful homeowners, (which by the way are the type of people every woodworker would want; very kind, helpful and easy to work with). I think Mr. Smith, it's rather rude of you to insult people who you haven't met and assume their thinking and what they will do in the future.
To say that it's an overuse of this kind of wood would be like saying all the beautiful marble and precious woods used in royal palaces and the great Solomon's Temple was overdone.
Curly cherry is an extreemly beautful and rare wood, and very few people can afford to make such a large scale project out of this outstanding wood.
Mr.Smith, you can keep using your poplar, particle board, etc for your projects and keep the music down.

Posted By: Jon Smith     [04/11/2011]
Jose, I apologize for insulting you and your clients. You're right that I don't know their mindset. I too work nearly exclusively in cherry, tiger maple and walnut. It pains me enough to have to toss even the smallest chunk of tiger cutoff. So my mindset is to respect the resource and develop ways to accentuate a piece with appropriate highlights of rare woods. By covering every square inch of a kitchen with curly cherry seems like a tragic amplification of precious material. Your fortunate to have such a customer to merit the use of materials otherwise saved for the royal palaces and Solomon's temples of the future. I can tell from the thermatru metal entry and the colonial base.

Posted By: John Smith     [04/11/2011]
To each his own Jon...

BTW, Jose has posted a great many of his projects on this site and everyone can judge his work for themselves. Based on the responses he gets, I'd say his work is very well respected. I am in that camp for sure.

After reading your comments about, what constitutes "appropriate highlights of rare woods", I decided to look at some examples of your work so I could judge it for myself. After all, I thought, surely someone who states their personal opinion as though it is proven fact and who is so rude as to deride others who may have a different opinion/interpretation must feel it is their “duty” to enlighten the rest of us poor saps.

Surprisingly though, I couldn't find any. Maybe I was I looking in the wrong places? If so, please redirect me. If not though, maybe you should "put up or shut-up", Jon. That is just my opinion, Jon—not fact.

Bottom line: you have an opinion and so does everyone else. Maybe you should ask Jose where the house is located so you can try to buy it and "save" all the poor figured cherry that is wasting away in its kitchen. Judging from your posts, there is enough there to last you for TWO lifetimes!

Posted By: Mike Graham     [04/11/2011]
Jose, Beautiful job, Chairs, Table, Hutch, and all of those cabinets..
I see what you have been busy for a while. I Will stop out at the new shop soon. Sorry to see that John has chosen to comment like he has, But like he said Opinions are like A**holes, everyone has one. I'm sure you worked closely with the clients and they are happy with the work. SO keep on with the music, Ozzie, Bach, or Mozart, your work still inspires me to to try new things.

Posted By: Annie     [04/12/2011]
Very interesting conversation here. Based on Jon's highfalutin, he sounds more like an english teacher than a woodworker. I also would like to see your work Jon, do you have a website?

Posted By: JeffS     [04/12/2011]
Jumpin Jee Hosa Fats, Jose! Man, I do this schtuff as a hobby and I liken my work to yours. I am an Electron Microscopist by trade, albeit, I would love to come and work in your shop and learn from a Master. Nice work compadre!!!!

Posted By: Jose Berenguer     [04/12/2011]
Jon, respect the resource of fine woods? Does that mean not to use them but a little?
I understand your mind set and I too would have been outraged at some one overusing this precious material until I moved to upstate New York in the middle of the Apalachian forest with tons of saw mills in wich I can buy tiger maple, curly cherry, flame birch, and many other figure woods cheaper than regular maple sells in the west coast (I came from Seattle so I know). The real tragedy is not that we used this material but that many mills don't know what to do with it and many sell this tiger maple or curly cherry as a framming stock or seconds. I'm fortunate to find mills to pull out this material for me and so abundantly so that a few yeas ago I started a sideline business selling this woods to my fellow woodworkers, (I had sales in the past selling tiger maple as low as $3 bf) So this changed my mind set to the point than now I used only tiger maple for drawers and shelves (it's a real treat for the customer and adds to the quality of the project) and recently I made an all solid tiger maple closet (400bf) including the rods.
I also warm up my shop with all the cutouts of figure woods. (sometimes some fellow woodworkers come and gets the scraps for small projects)
If you like I can ship you some of these resources at a reasonable price.

Posted By: Mike     [04/20/2011]
Jon, you don't owe anyone an apology! We post our work on this sight to display our craftsmanship, not to gain people's approval! Jon stated that the quality was exceptional... Is he such a bad person because he doesn't like the kitchen? I don't think so. By the way, I don't like it either, that doesn't mean I don't respect this person as a fellow woodworker or his craftsmanship. If you can't take hearing someone's opinion, then don't post your work here. As for everyone else, stop being so sensitive, that's the problem with the world today. And your right, everyone does have an opinion and we live in America were we are allowed to voice it freely... Thank God for that!

Posted By: Jon     [04/21/2011]
Mike; Jose is really a superb craftsman. And his explanation of the abundance of materials that he has available to him is logical. I never meant to demean his ability. I don't think I'd go off and use tiger maple for toilet paper holders though. I agree with you that anyone that posts photos here may only be looking for a pat on the back and NOT asking for constructive comments. This doesn't seem to be the venue to discuss larger issues like mathematical rules of proportion or what kinds of materials to use for maximum impact. These woodworkers aren't as easy going as you'd think. I still maintain that building every inch of a kitchen out of curly cherry is like putting lipstick on a pig - no matter how abundant the material may be. Thanks for having an opinion outside of the mainstream.

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