A few words about our finishing process: We select the cherry wood used to craft our clocks very carefully from reputable, environmentally correct lumber suppliers who generally subscribe to sustainable forest certification. As the lumber is jointed and planed to its final thickness, defects such as splits, cracks, pits and holes as well as light sapwood and dark sugar deposits may be discovered. When cutting the clocks and clock parts to shape, most of these naturally occurring defects are avoided. When the machining and sanding are complete, other, generally smaller or inconspicuous defects may appear at which time an attempt may be made to mask the defect. Conversely, if the minor defect appears to “fit” the particular grain of the cherry wood in question, it will remain.