Cherry Flooring

Cherry flooring has characteristics of the Cherry tree. In cherry the sapwood is light yellow to pale brown with a light pinkish tone. Heartwood is light to dark red brown a lustrous rich red. Cherry has a fine closed grain with occasional narrow brown pith flecks and small gum pockets. Cherry has a uniform texture. Cherry is light sensitive and there is a strong color change upon exposure to light. Cherry is considerably softer than red oak. Cherry has average stability. Cherry has a timeless elegance.

Grades

Museum quality red cherry flooring

Each board is hand selected for even grain, clarity and color. We look over each board carefully for the best color the cherry can offer.

Select red cherry flooring

Boards are light to dark brown. No knots, checking. Small glimpses of lighter sapwood are permitted. We consider the select grade to be a traditional, beautiful and elegant floor.

Natures Rustic cherry flooring

The whole tree finds new life in Sampson’s rustic grade. Knots, checking, small holes 1/4” in diameter or less and variations in color are allowed. Natures rustic floors are generally random width. Random width floors maximize the usability of every board rather than wasting some to meet specifications. A random width floor is very traditional in pre 1880 historic homes. When a rustic floor is received, the amount of lineal footage of each width is listed. From this the installation pattern can be determined. If help is needed just call. Natures Rustic is always sold with endmatching. The grade name, Natures rustic can be misleading, many formal homes have chosen this grade in addition to cottages, camps and commercial spaces.

Paul + Jula Sampson have forged strong relationships with loggers and mills to get lumber specifically suited to our custom grades. Our grades are unique.

Face Widths:

3” up to 4” select red quarter sawn
3” up to 7” museum quality red
3” up to 8” select red
3” up to 8” random mix natures rustic

Accent Strips:

3/4” up to 2 1/2” available in all grades.

Thickness

25/32”

Lengths:

ranges available, cherry usually averages between 5’ to 7’

Milling:

Tongue and groove with back relief.
Endmatching option available.
Flooring can be ordered with endmatching (a tongue or groove at the end of board length).
Rustic grade is endmatched.

Fun facts/ other names:

rum cherry, whiskey cherry, wild cherry