News Focused on the Wood Market

Scarce supply drives demand for exotic woods

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 February 2016 00:00

brazilian_rosewoodThe market for exotics can be unpredictable. Bubinga, purpleheart, yellowheart and rosewoods were all mentioned as “top sellers” in interviews with hardwood dealers, who try to meet demand as best they can and buy what’s available when the opportunity arises.

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White and red oak see boost in popularity

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00

White oak and red oak appeal to consumers in different ways. Sometimes it’s the color or working properties that influence the buying decision. Lately, it’s about the type of cut made at the sawmill, according to hardwood lumber dealers interviewed by Woodshop News.

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Cherry sales level off during recent ‘lull’

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00

cherryHardwood dealers interviewed by Woodshop News agree that the demand for cherry has dwindled in the last decade, but it is still a pretty good mover.

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Black walnut sales held up at the sawmill

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

Black walnut’s status as a premium hardwood hasn’t changed as buyers continue to favor the wood’s rich dark color and highly figured appearance for custom furniture and cabinetry. But it’s not currently a huge mover at the retail level, due to its high price and rather limited supply, according to hardwood dealers interviewed by Woodshop News.

walnutThe market has been strong for the last few years, but a shortage of really big logs (around 14’) and demand for thick slabs (12/4) has contributed to slower sales recently.

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African mahogany sees steady movement

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00

There’s little debate amongst hardwood dealers that African variations are moving the mahogany market as the supply of South American mahogany, a staple of cabinetmaking for most of the last century, has dwindled because of trade restrictions and sustainability issues.

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