News Focused on the Wood Market

Black walnut sales are holding steady

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 November 2012 00:00

26_wood_marketsConsumer interest in American black walnut (juglans nigra) is holding steady as lumber suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News have either experienced an increase in sales during the last year or have seen no change at all. But all tend to agree that the unique growing patterns of the species makes its availability unpredictable and, in turn, make it difficult to gauge just how popular it really is.



Soft maple sales have some staying power

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00

26_wood_marketAs fall began, soft maple (Acer rubrum) proved to be a strong seller, according to suppliers and distributors interviewed by Woodshop News. They suggest the species is attractive to woodworkers because it’s widely available and found at a more affordable price than other leading hardwoods. They also believe versatility plays a part in that it’s both easy to work and because its light hue makes it ideal for a variety of finishes.



Invasive beetle can’t curtail ash sales

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 September 2012 00:00

26_wood_marketAsh trees throughout the country are being threatened by the Emerald ash borer at a rapidly increasing rate, prompting states and local communities to impose quarantines on distribution of lumber products made from them.



Exotic sales could see boost in demand

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 20 August 2012 00:00

36_wood_marketSales of exotic species are often unpredictable because they’re sold at a lesser volume than mainstream domestics. Still, lumber suppliers have noticed some recent trends in consumer design preferences. They’ve also been able to spot how the nation’s recent economic woes are impacting demand and how the international market has affected domestic sales.



Red or white, oak sales gain strength

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 July 2012 00:00

25_wood_markets25_wood_markets_2Sales of both white oak (Quercus alba) and red oak (Quercus rubra) are fairly strong this season for solid stock, veneer and sheet goods. Lumber suppliers say their customers tend to prefer white over red, with a few exceptions. White oak has notable properties that allow it to withstand outdoor elements, but red oak has the visual appeal that some designers say is in demand.



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