News Focused on the Wood Market

Poplar sales are typical of tough times

Tuesday, 10 March 2009 00:00

During the last six to nine months, conversations with domestic wood dealers have become rather redundant. No matter what species is being talked about, the message is the same: sales are fair at best, pricing is basically stable, inventories are purposely kept low, and everyone wants to know when the economy is going to bottom out so business can start picking back up. And unfortunately, no one has any answers.



Peru has an alternative for walnut users

Thursday, 05 February 2009 15:28

Furniture makers voice some common complaints about working with Eastern black walnut.



Walnut holds steady in weak U.S. market

Thursday, 05 February 2009 15:26

It’s certainly not the best of times for retail and wholesale walnut dealers, but it’s also not the worst of times. Along with cherry, walnut sales continue to be steady, and that can’t be said about most domestic species. Even walnut wholesalers who report a steep decline in the export market are getting by because of the wood’s popularity at home.



Tough times ahead for Eastern white pine

Tuesday, 06 January 2009 21:50

There’s no doubt wood markets are having a difficult time because of the huge drop-off in new housing construction and related economic issues, but Eastern white pine seems to be taking as heavy a hit as any of the domestic species. Some of the retail and wholesale dealers contacted by Woodshop News described the white pine market as “dead,” “in the toilet,” and “not having a pulse.” Others sounded only slightly less pessimistic.



Cocobolo lauded for looks but shorter supplies noted

Thursday, 08 January 2009 00:00

Cocobolo is a true rosewood and one of the world’s most attractive exotic woods, exhibiting a wide range of rich colors including shades of orange, yellow, red and brown, accompanied by black striping. Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) grows mainly in the Pacific regions of Mexico and Central America to heights up to 60' with trunk diameters as large as 2' to 3'. As is the case with many exotic woods, cocobolo supplies are diminishing because of excessive logging.



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