News Focused on the Wood Market

The fight continues against hardwood diseases

Written by John English Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

Every few years, woodworkers learn of some new invasive pest or fungus with overseas origins that attacks our hardwood populations. Some of them have been killing trees for decades, while others are new arrivals. They generally victimize one species or family and the lumber market takes a hit. Often, the fluctuation in price settles down quickly as suppliers find ways to combat the source of the problem or perhaps lower demand by encouraging us to buy a different species.

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Buyers make the switch to African mahogany

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

African mahogany is currently the preferred variation of all mahogany species and the look-alike versions, according to lumber dealers and suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News. The general consensus is that the rising price of genuine mahogany has deterred certain buyers, who have opted to deal with the more color-variant African species’ rather than spend more than they want.

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Sales remain slow and steady for alder

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

Alder is currently selling, but not at the pace it has been in prior years. Commonly referred to as red alder, American alder and Western alder, the species (Alnus rubra) grows from California up into Canada. It comes in clear and knotty variations, depending on how much visual character buyers want in their final product.

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Walnut sees a steady increase in interest

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

walnutWalnut continues to be a top seller, according to hardwood dealers from across the country interviewed by Woodshop News. The wood’s popularity is attributed to its rich, dark color currently favored by designers. Walnut slabs, with the bark left on, are also selling extremely well.

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Cherry shows it still has staying power

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

cherryCherry (Prunus serotina), also known as black cherry, has been a mainstay hardwood in the woodworking industry for decades. While there haven’t been any significant changes in the marketplace, current sales are slightly volatile because of fluctuating prices of other species and the overseas market, according to lumber suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News.

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