From contributor R:
I have no personal knowledge with cherry, however I have seen side by side apple wood. The neglected and rarely fertilized had tighter growth rings. The cultivated or orchard grown wood had much wider growth rings. I assume orchard trees get annual applications of fertilizers. Faster to bearing age, more fruit, etc. I was comparing apples of the same varieties, not crab apples planted for landscape accents. I never saw ugly cherry!
From contributor T:
I cut some 80 year old almonds that were orchard grown. They had 10 to 15 growth rings per inch. The logs had lots of stress wood, so much of the lumber wasn't straight, but it was gorgeous! Medium to dark browns with small flecks. It machined well and it is very dense.
From contributor W:
I would take some of the largest stumps. The length limits the wood to be used for small rustic or contemporary projects, or maybe even gunstocks. Gunstocks would ruin the width, but if you are getting curly butt grain, it's possibly worth your while. If the roots are still attached, watch out for rocks. You can cut the roots off completely but you are going to loose a great deal of the butt figure if it does exist. Wood turners are going to want to know you, too. Find somebody with a Oneway lathe through the AAW (American Association of Woodturning). There is probably a local chapter near you which holds monthly meetings.
Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?
Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?