Figured birch, also known as curly or flame birch, can be a rare gem in the lumberyard, at least to some buyers who cherish its wavy pattern that resembles glistening ripples of water in bright sunlight.
Sought-after imports add color and contrast.
Hard maple sales take a back seat.
Strong demand continues for rustic and reclaimed.
Cherry takes a back seat to walnut and oak.
Red oak’s price drops as demand slows.
Hickory’s varied appearance lends to its wide appeal.
Market trends reveal the appeal of cherry has waned over the past several years.
Though rare and difficult to find, spalted maple, with its eye catching black wavy streaks, is in high demand, according to hardwood and veneer suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News.