Because it is a species that suckers from its roots cherry can be quite a common tree and its wood easily accessible. Cherry is easily worked in the green and releases a beautiful smell as it is cut. The wood surface rapidly oxidises in contact with the air to a pleasant light orange colour. It is a clean wood with a pleasant figure. It takes surface decoration well.
A spoon carved in cherry. Due to an Anglo-Saxon runic mis-carve on the the back of the handle this is now my ‘cheery’ spoon