News Focused on the Wood Market

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.



Cherry tops the sales charts once again

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00

The market for domestic cherry hit a speed bump in early 2011, but it's been speeding along since then. Hardwood dealers interviewed by Woodshop News say cherry has shown great staying power as the wood of choice.



Hard maple sales show no signs of slowing

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 May 2012 00:00

15_wood_marketLumber suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News say that even though hard maple is not selling as fast as cherry and walnut — the most popular sellers right now — it has produced a steady sales volume in the last five years.



Appeal of genuine mahogany starts to fade

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

26_wood_marketsIt’s often said that genuine mahogany is no longer available to woodworking professionals, but the species that has a widespread growth area from Central America to South America is actually quite plentiful. Lumber suppliers say the real problem is that its quality is low — too low for customers to want to pay high prices when the alternative African species are fairly similar in appearance and much less expensive.



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