Here's a little candle holder I made from a scrap of Cherry. I wanted to try staining cherry (gasp!) to learn a little more about finishing challenges. I knew that cherry blotched, so after a little research found that you need to seal the wood before applying stain. Why would anyone stain cherry? Well, you might want that antique look now or need to blend sapwood and heartwood as in the case of this project. So, I sealed this with amber shellac and applied a dark brown gel stain. After that, I stained it once more with red mahogany to add a little more red to the finish. I need to add another top coat, but this is what it looks like now. I'm pretty pleased. Comments are more than welcome.