A Herd of Cherry Handles

 

This is the answer to that burning question you have always asked yourself!

What does 55,  custom, matching, handmade, cherry handles look like ???

These photos document the ‘start to finish’ process for an order of custom cherry handles & drawer pulls to accent their lovely kitchen!

Martin 'herds' the unruly handles in the wood shop....

Martin ‘herds’ the unruly handles in the wood shop….

Cherry Handle Detail

Cherry Handle Detail

As per the customers request, each handle was handcrafted from lovely cherry wood to match the kitchen’s accents &  floors…..

 

Before & After Martin's Cherry Handles

Before & After Cherry Handles

Lovely Kitchen with new cherry handles & pulls!

Lovely Kitchen with new cherry handles & pulls!

    

The result is a lovely contrast with the white cabinetry that contrasts nicely with the range of colors provided by the warm cherry wood accents & hardwood floor.

New Walnut Trays

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A Tale of Two Tables

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These are two original ‘Demi Icon’ cherry accent tables. One has had time to naturally age into the classic cherry color, and the other is freshly finished. Cherry’s rich color is a major reason for it’s popularity among craftsman, cats & discriminating buyers alike. 


The American Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) is a very noble tree that has provided for folks & fauna for a very long time. Wildlife use it for forage & shelter, and Native Americans as well as Colonists used the cherry tree for its fruit, medicinal properties and furnishings.

Apart from it’s myriad of uses, solid cherry hardwood is one of the most celebrated woods used in furniture craftsmanship today. It’s easy to work with, has a wonderful satiny ‘feel’ once finished, and even has a nice smell when cut. Yet the reason for its popularity is by far it’s beautiful, rich color. That quintessential, luscious deep red patina develops over time with exposure to light. Recognized both for both strength and beauty, cherry furniture graces homes with an enduring beauty for decades and generations.

For my customers who invest in heirloom quality furniture, it is useful for them to understand this color process. A perfect example are these two cherry tables. The darker table in the back has had time to age and color naturally, and the table in front is freshly finished for a customer.

I love to work with natural cherry, and find that it produces wonderful pieces of furniture. Customers enjoy watching the color transition, as it is unique to each piece, and could be compared to the aging of fine wine.

To see my available cherry tables, trays & lamps, or to order you own custom cherry piece, visit my ETSY shop or click here!


Photos of Martin crafting the new ‘Demi Icon’ Accent Table.

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Curly Maple ‘Tea Leaf’ Tray

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This is a curly maple small tray, lovely little tea tray or small serving platter. Perfect for morning tea or coffee, or just cheese & snacks. It is made from curly maple and has lovely coloring and figuring. The wood used was reclaimed scrap from the woodshop. It has silicone pads for extra stability in the kitchen, and to protect your surfaces.

The dimensions are 12.5″ long, 8.5″ wide & 1″ high.

‘Zen Style’ Tray or Centerpiece

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This is a really unique piece that is crafted from a natural edge cherry board. It has really nice color even though it will darken quite a bit from the photos, and into the rich reddish brown we all know and love. Cherry is unique that way…. after it’s milled, it has a really light almost pink quality that will over time ‘mature’ into what we all think of as the beautiful quintessential cherry coloring.

This footed tray or table centerpiece has a subtle live edge that is naturally beveled, that really adds interest to the feet that are already pretty interesting themselves….. Martin specially designed the feet for this very tray, and we think it gives a very nice Asian or Zen feel to it overall.

Approximate dimensions:

21″ Long
6-7″ Wide
2 3/8″ Tall

It would be great as a tea tray, table runner or table centerpiece, candle holder or display, dip or cracker or chip presentation tray, and so much more….

This one of a kind tray is available on our ETSY Shop!

 

 

 

 

Custom Walnut Side Table: Construction

Handcrafting a Walnut Accent Table

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MTD Table Hands

MTD Table Hands

Photos from the construction of a custom ordered walnut accent table. This table features some very nice walnut wood, as well as mortise & tenon joinery.