choosing a wood type for your kitchen utensils - thoughts on wild cherry

March 01, 2015

Wild Cherry has to be one of my very favorite wood types. It has a beautiful color, a nice feel and is durable. This week I'm going to share some thoughts on Wild Cherry that I hope will prove helpful if you're trying to decide on a wood type.

Italian Villa Wooden Spoon / Wild Cherry Wood Spoon

Cherry wood is slightly lighter weight than Maple, but still has a good, sturdy feel to it. It seasons well, and throughout the years we've heard more positive feedback about Cherry than most other wood types. It's not uncommon for a customer who buys a set in multiple wood types to tell us down the road, "I love all of the woods, but Cherry is my favorite!"

Cherry Wood Soup Ladle

One of my favorite aspects of Wild Cherry is the way it turns a deep, rich red over time. The more sunlight and air the wood is exposed to, the faster it will turn colors... to such a degree that if we were to make a set of dreamware in Wild Cherry and cover half the set with a newspaper, leaving the other half exposed to direct sunlight for a week, the color would be so different between the covered and uncovered pieces that they would no longer look like a matching set. 

Cherry Wood Kitchen Utensil Set

On occasion, we've had someone complain that the Cherry wood spoon they received was much lighter in color than shown in the picture. All of our wood has a great deal of variation, and we try to make that clear, but Cherry wood is one of our more consistent wood types. The reason that the wood color looks a great deal different is because the customer received a brand new piece of dreamware that hasn't yet had a chance to start turning colors. Most of the pieces we sell are packed and shipped as soon as they are completed, meaning that the wood is exposed to very little light and air before it gets into the customers hands. They will notice that there will be a dramatic color change in their Cherry wood dreamware within the first month of use.   

Large Ladle Spoon / Cherry Wood Spoon

There are certainly flashier wood types than Wild Cherry, but for simple elegance, durability and popularity it can't be beat. If you're having trouble making up your mind about which wood type to go with, Cherry is one of two wood types I would heartily recommend. We'll talk about the other wood type next time! 


Loran, for the rest of the Polder Family

Click on these links to read our thoughts about American BeechBlack Walnut or Maple


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