News Focused on the Wood 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.
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.
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.
Monday, 09 March 2009 17:34
For woodworkers and wood dealers, koa is often considered second to none because of its spectacular appearance. Curly koa is also unmatched in price, with highly figured material for guitar sets priced as high as $150/bf. Koa lumber with a premium curl can strain your wallet for $60 to $120/bf depending on the intensity of the figure and the reputation of the exotic wood dealer who is selling it.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009 00:00
During the last six to nine months, conversations with domestic wood dealers have become rather redundant. No matter what species is being talked about, the message is the same: sales are fair at best, pricing is basically stable, inventories are purposely kept low, and everyone wants to know when the economy is going to bottom out so business can start picking back up. And unfortunately, no one has any answers.
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