News Focused on the Wood Market

Alder as an alternative sells well with consumers

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 August 2017 00:00

alderWhile it’s not used as often as some of its mainstream domestic counterparts, alder (Alnus rubra), also known as red alder, still strikes interest from those looking to incorporate a striking appearance in their projects. Native to the Pacific Northwest, the light rust-hued hardwood is moving steady at lumberyards, according to hardwood distributors interviewed by Woodshop News.



Less demand abroad helps domestic cherry sales

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 July 2017 00:00

cherryQuality cherry is available and selling well, according to most hardwood suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News. The chief reason is that the best logs — with fewer defects and sought-after color — are staying home.



Hard maple sales make recent gains

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 12 June 2017 00:00

hard_mapleHard maple (Acer saccharum) is just like any other commodity in the world of domestic hardwoods, where popularity rises and falls depending on consumer interest. Lately, suppliers say they’ve seen an uptick in interest on the retail side, particularly with high-grade and figured stock.



Walnut sales sees a sustained spike

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 May 2017 00:00

walnutStately wood tabletops are all the rage these days with many unique tree slabs available, especially those made of walnut, a thick and durable hardwood rich in color. Hardwood suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News report a strong consumer interest in walnut varieties as some favor it with a live edge to add flare to their projects.



Butternut sales buoyed by its lighter tone

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 10 April 2017 00:00

butternutButternut [Juglans cinerea], also known as white walnut, is a hardwood used for paneling, furniture, cabinetry and some millwork. It’s a softer wood that works well and is easy to machine, although the real appeal is its wavy grain pattern that resembles black walnut but with a soft blonde-colored tone, according to hardwood dealers interviewed by Woodshop News.



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