News Focused on the Wood Market

Genuine mahogany is readily available

Monday, 01 June 2009 19:01

After more than five years of turmoil, the U.S. genuine mahogany market has finally stabilized, and the country’s housing crisis can take credit for that. U.S. wholesalers have warehouses filled with mahogany, but there is one key ingredient missing — buyers.

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Teak demand springs a leak

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:34

There is no doubt teak has been the pre-eminent wood for high-end marine applications and outdoor furniture for decades. The wood is also prevalent in fine furniture, prized not only for its appearance, but also for its tight growth rings, density, durability and water resistance.

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Hard maple keeps strong share of market

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 16:31

Only two years ago, cherry and hard maple were at the top of the domestic wood markets — both in popularity and price. As everyone is acutely aware, the national economy and the domestic wood markets have changed dramatically since then. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the popularity of these two species. Retail and wholesale sales for hard maple and cherry are definitely down, but their percentage of domestic wood sales remains strong. Dealers contacted by Woodshop News report walnut is the only domestic specie that has grown in popularity during the two-year span.

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Pacific madrone is fine for furniture

Wednesday, 01 April 2009 13:31

The farther one lives from the growing range of Pacific madrone, the less likely it is the person will buy, use or even know about the West Coast wood. Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii) is also known as madrone and arbuti, and it grows in the coastal regions of southwestern British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California. It is sold as dimensional lumber, burl and burl veneer, and used for furniture, cabinetry and flooring.

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Quartersawn white oak demand is steady

Thursday, 02 April 2009 00:00

One of the moderately bright spots in the domestic wood market is the upper grades of white oak, more specifically, quartersawn white oak. Retail dealers contacted by Woodshop News indicated that demand for quartersawn white oak is solid and represents as much as 90 percent of their white oak sales.

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