News Focused on the Wood Market

Regulations raise genuine mahogany prices

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 13 June 2011 00:00

30_genuine_01Lumber suppliers across the nation expect the availability of Swietenia macrophylla, also known as bigleaf mahogany, Honduras mahogany and South American mahogany, to continue to decrease during the next couple of years because of increased regulations imposed on South American nations that harvest and export the material. If available to them at all, woodworkers can expect higher costs to obtain it.

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Rosewood substitutes are just as good

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 16 May 2011 00:00

23_rosewood_01Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) has basically been off the market since 1992 when it was listed by CITES as a "most endangered" species and international trade for commercial use was suspended.

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Hard maple is abundant as sales go soft

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 18 April 2011 00:00

21_wood_marketThe market for hard maple hasn't shown much improvement, which is good news for buyers.

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Ipê is known as a good teak alternative

Monday, 14 March 2011 00:00

23_ipe_01During the last decade, ipê has become well-known as a South and Central American wood used primarily for outdoor applications, particularly decking. Many consider it a decking material second to none. On some occasions, it is also used for indoor flooring.

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Walnut sales knock cherry off the top

Monday, 14 March 2011 00:00

20_walnut_01For a number of years now, cherry has absolutely ruled the domestic wood market. Demand has been strong and retail prices have exceeded $6/bf for nearly 10 years. However, things have changed during the last year or two and walnut has emerged as the current wood of choice. Wholesale and retail dealers can't pinpoint the reason why, but in this economy they are simply happy that something is selling well.

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