I would imagine that woods go in and out of style just like any other
product or furniture style. But I was wondering what drives the change is
style? Is it availability or does the general public get herded into
believing that "this is the year of cherry" and "don't do walnut, that was
soooo last year". Who drives that impression into people anyway...home
builders??? My local sawmill told me that the demand for woods shifts all
the time from one type to another and they usually end up discounting woods
that would have sold for a premium the year before -- but why??
Nah, not me. Not really. Sure, I like looking at'em, but IME women who
wear stuff like that look good and damn well know it. They learned from
childhood how to manipulate the male of the species, and they use that fact
to their advantage ruthlessly. We're nothing more than meat to them.
(Or so I tell myself every time I try not to get depressed when I look at
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Yes, but I find it strange that wood can be so fashionable. For example, I
like walnut better than maple, next year I will still like walnut better, 10
years from now I will still like walnut better than maple. So what drives
the wood fashions in the marketplace? Why is cherry hot this year and last
year it was some other wood? I'm guessing it's just what wood is readily
available in large supply for the year and the marketing people push it to
the consumers as this years "in" wood.
On TV we see beautiful models telling us to wear this or that and, I don't
know about you guys, but my wife try's to keep up with whatever someone on
TV tells her is hot this season. But I haven't seen a commercial suggesting
that this year I should look for the exclusive "made from cherry" official
seal on any new furniture that I buy and that I should accept nothing less.
So how is it that one wood becomes popular for the year? I would think that
peoples taste in wood would be extremely varied making wood sales rather
randomized based on price and availability. I'll bet most consumers don't
really care what wood their furniture is made from, they just like a certain
color which means any wood can be fashionable with the right can of stain.
There should not be a "hot" wood for the year - statistically.
I know several women who want to redecorate every time they
watch a new show on HGTV. A lot of people don't really know
what they like...more specifically, they like whatever everyone
else likes...it's just fashion. yawn.
What we need is a woodworking reality show!
Would it be like trading spaces?
People doing things to their wood that would make most of us throw up.
Would it be like the bachelor?
Someone trying to con a group of woodworkers that its a truckload of
cherry instead of pine.
Or would it be like the Most Extreme Elimination show on SpikeTV? Have
you seen this one?
Woodworkers trying to complete projects with faulty dull tools while
dressed funny and voice overs have us believe they are saying things
that they are not.
Chris Merrill wrote:
Haven't seen any of them. If I get that hard up for entertainment, I'll sit
outdoors and spit on ants.
"Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same
function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of
things." Sir Winston Churchill
Made me throw up when I went to Ethan Allen furniture showroom.
Sheesh! All types of wood in a "cherry finish." I'd rather see
painted furniture. A lot of folks see my cherry nightstand which I
used a Danish oil finish, yet very few people can recognize the kind
Got to agree with this. In fact, most people can't tell what real walnut,
cherry or maple looks like. Most of the furniture in our house is either
cherry or walnut (I do this for a living--well, I try to do to this for a
living). I'm constantly amazed how often somebody asks what the wood is.
The point about stain being more important than color reminds me of
talking with my in-laws. They built a huge house in Florida, complete with
"cherry" cabinets. I still swear they were maple with the most non-cherry
"cherry" stain that I've ever seen. Of course, what would I know about
Not all of the blame rests on the consumer. The furniture companies
are the ones that call furniture stained dark red/maroon "cherry".
As Joe Consumer, it's completely reasonable to assume the furniture
company knows what they're talking about, right? At least, until you
realize that they're wrong half the time. The stain companies are not
any better...we all know that 'cherry' stain doesn't look anything
like cherry, fresh or aged.
+ + +
Careful. Careful. Careful.
You don't know what you are talking about.
Cherry stain looks exactly like cherry.
Think lipstick. Think fruit. Think car paint.
If you have to think of a wood, think mahogany.
If cherry stain looked like cherry wood you would have to compare it to real
cherry (ie European), not Black Cherry, which actually is not cherry at all.
Just shows how dangerous it is to think names mean what you think they mean
SFW? What makes the determination that only ONE of the original 2 mentioned is
"I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use
our power the greater it will be." Thomas Jefferson
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