News Focused on the Wood Market

Walnut sales enjoy a market recovery

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 July 2011 00:00

21_wood_marketWalnut has gained in popularity during the last couple of years with woodworking customers looking for highly figured slabs, regardless of the walnut species, in the form of boards, panels and veneers. Lumber suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News say the trend is the result of recent demand for large, live-edge table tops, and also for darker hues in cabinetry and furniture.



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.



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.



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.



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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