Monday, December 8, 2014

Adirondack Cherry - Did You Know?

Did you know that American Colonists used the cherry tree for its fruit, medicinal properties and home furnishings?

They mixed cherry juice with rum to create Cherry Bounce, a bitter but highly favored cordial. The bark was used in the production of drugs to treat bronchitis, and cherry stalks were used to make tonics. 

Early printmakers used cherry for their engraving blocks. Cherry helped define American traditional design because Colonial wood workers recognized its superior woodworking qualities.

Cherry was used by the Greeks and Romans as long ago as 400 B.C. for furniture making.

It is not typical for American Cherry trees to grow east of the Mississippi River. It is a native tree to the North American Adirondacks.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Camp Pine Knot - Antique Reclaimed Heart Pine

Antique Reclaimed Heart Pine Wide - Camp Pine Knot

Heartwood comes from the inner most layers of the tree and is a popular colonial floor. Durable, long lasting and extremely beautiful, Pine grows tall and strong creating extremely straight pieces.  The virgin growth of up to 300 years creates a coveted wood with it's tight grains and dens, hard nature. Pine is also naturally resistant to termites and moisture, which prevented it from decaying.