Cherry is a beautiful, closed-grained wood. Many people are surprised to learn that cherry is not naturally the dark red or brown color that they so often see. In fact, unstained cherry has a light pink color that will darken to a stunning dark orange amber if left to age naturally. This process takes years, and the end result will show color and grain variations that most large furniture manufacturers would be afraid to offer. As a result, the typical industry "cherry" finish involves bleaching the wood, staining it yellow or green, then layering-on coat after coat of colored lacquers and glazes. The result is a perfectly predictable, if artificial, finish. In fact, more time might be spent on finishing the piece (often covering up poor craftsmanship in the process) than in making it. We typically use a simple hand-rubbed Danish oil finish. Our customers are people who appreciate the true look of wood, and want to see quality craftsmanship.