News Focused on the Wood Market

White oak remains a rock for retailers

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 April 2013 00:00

whiteoakKnown for its positive characteristics such as durability and workability, as well as its everlasting dependability in the marine world, white oak (Quercus alba) has remained the strongest, steadiest and most consistent domestic sellers through the years. Lumber suppliers interviewed said this year is no exception as sales are again on the rise after being a little stagnant during the last year because of the slow economy.

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Disease can’t squash butternut’s popularity

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 March 2013 00:00

Butternut’s warm tones and unique grain pattern make it an appealing choice for remodeling high-end homes and commercial properties, according to lumber retailers interviewed by Woodshop News. The rare wood is a tough find, not only because of its limited growth locations, but also because of the devastating canker disease that has plagued the species and caused irreversible loss in prime growth locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Cherry remains a craftsman’s ‘standard’

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 February 2013 00:00

With cherry sales continuing to hold steady year after year, lumber suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News agree that the species is still one of the most reliable sellers in the hardwood market. But its popularity seems to speak more to the tradition of using it to craft fine furniture because buyers tend to select it more for their individual projects rather than for cabinetry or architectural millwork.

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Unraveling the mysteries of mahogany

Written by John English Monday, 21 January 2013 00:00

It’s gotta be the most confusing wood out there. Mahogany comes in many guises, including genuine, sapele, utile, Philippine, Spanish cedar, African and Fiji. In fact, some woods sold as mahogany aren’t even family members. For woodshop buyers, here are some notes that might help clarify the choices.

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Demand shifts to mahogany substitutes

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 21 January 2013 00:00

As less expensive and more readily available African hardwoods prove to be sufficient substitutes for genuine mahogany, lumber suppliers are seeing woodworkers’ interest in the latter continue to wane.

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