Debbie’s Curly Cherry Mission Set
Pennsylvania curly cherry mission coffee and end tables
Our first home was an 1898 Swedish farmhouse in the rolling hills of eastern South Dakota. Like most young couples in a new place, we didn’t have a lot to go in it. In fact, after we moved in, it looked like the house was still for sale. A light in the window and a scraggly German Shorthaired Pointer out front were the only telltale signs that the home was sold. The family room, with its aged oak floors, faded spruce trim and tall ceilings, looked like an auditorium—vast and empty.
My solution was to rummage around the outbuildings for anything that would fill space. The male “make-do” instinct at work?
The chicken coop provided the best pickins’. Buried in the corner under a heap of feed bags and decades of dust were two old crates. I blew off the dust like an accomplished trumpet player would and set them in the warehouse-like living room.
My wife kindly explained that this was not going to work. It really was flawless reasoning: a crate from the chicken coop looks like…well… a crate from the chicken coop, not an end table. It really was that simple. How did I miss it?
It was my deep privilege to rectify this glaring oversight years later and build her a set of fine curly cherry mission-style tables.
A unique attribute of cherry is that it darkens naturally as it ages, producing a rich patina that stains can only try to imitate. Decade after decade the color matures and deepens mysteriously, like a good friendship, or marriage or even faith.
· Solid Pennsylvania curly black cherry
· No stain, natural color (2012), shellac wash coat, oiled, wipe-on poly finish
· This style would look fabulous in old-growth white oak, bastonge walnut or even bubinga--commissions welcome!