I may be wrong... but I don't think it's cherry. Cherry has a redish tint to it but the new growth in cherry (called sap wood) is white and should be on the outer perimeter. A request to the OP - if this wood is local- where are you from? and could we see a picture of the bark? The leaves are an excellent picture in identifying the wood... but I need a little bit more information. As for Bodark... I've never even heard of it. I don't think it grows around here in New Hampshire USA
Its' never hot or cold in New Hampshire... its' always seasonal.