News Focused on the Wood Market

Peru has an alternative for walnut users

Thursday, 05 February 2009 15:28

Furniture makers voice some common complaints about working with Eastern black walnut.

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Walnut holds steady in weak U.S. market

Thursday, 05 February 2009 15:26

It’s certainly not the best of times for retail and wholesale walnut dealers, but it’s also not the worst of times. Along with cherry, walnut sales continue to be steady, and that can’t be said about most domestic species. Even walnut wholesalers who report a steep decline in the export market are getting by because of the wood’s popularity at home.

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Tough times ahead for Eastern white pine

Tuesday, 06 January 2009 21:50

There’s no doubt wood markets are having a difficult time because of the huge drop-off in new housing construction and related economic issues, but Eastern white pine seems to be taking as heavy a hit as any of the domestic species. Some of the retail and wholesale dealers contacted by Woodshop News described the white pine market as “dead,” “in the toilet,” and “not having a pulse.” Others sounded only slightly less pessimistic.

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Cocobolo lauded for looks but shorter supplies noted

Thursday, 08 January 2009 00:00

Cocobolo is a true rosewood and one of the world’s most attractive exotic woods, exhibiting a wide range of rich colors including shades of orange, yellow, red and brown, accompanied by black striping. Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) grows mainly in the Pacific regions of Mexico and Central America to heights up to 60' with trunk diameters as large as 2' to 3'. As is the case with many exotic woods, cocobolo supplies are diminishing because of excessive logging.

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Unique mahogany alternative hits U.S.

Wednesday, 03 December 2008 14:51

Since supplies of genuine mahogany have been dramatically reduced in recent years, wood dealers have been pushing alternatives such as African mahogany, sapele, sipo and Spanish cedar. Now there’s a new species on the block being pushed by several U.S. distributors — Eucalyptus grandis. Lewis Lumber Products of Picture Rocks, Pa.; Northland Forest Products of Kingston, N.H.; and Thompson Mahogany of Philadelphia are involved in a joint venture with Cofusa and Urofor, two Uruguayan forestry companies, to provide this new mahogany alternative.

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