American cherry is a supreme hardwood species from the U.S. hardwood forests and is unique to North America, with warm colour tones and superb finishing qualities. Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) data shows U.S. cherry growing stock is 3.0% of total U.S. hardwood growing stock and that while 4.3 million m3 is harvested each year more than 11 million m3 of American cherry is growing naturally across the U.S. forests during the same period. The heartwood of cherry can vary from rich red to reddish brown and darkens on exposure to light with time. The sapwood is creamy white. Being hard and stable when dry, the wood is very easy to stain and finish to an excellent surface. It is highly prized for furniture and interior joinery.
Soft maple, growing naturally in the hardwood forests of North America, is one of the most prolific and sustainable species, similar to hard maple but slightly softer in impact hardness. It grows widely across the eastern USA. Forest Industry Analysis (FIA) data shows U.S. soft maple makes up 11.7% of total U.S. hardwood growing stock and that while 14.8 million m3 is harvested each year, in the same time period more than 36 million m3 is grown naturally. Soft maple is much more variable in colour than hard maple and the wood is generally straight grained with fine texture. It is considered where hardness and hardwearing properties may not be essential and is used in furniture, cabinet making and joinery as well as turning and mouldings.