News Focused on the Wood Market

Cherry sales steady as housing improves slowly

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

woodmarketsSales of cherry are steady for the most part these days, according to lumber dealers interviewed by Woodshop News who also say supplies are increasing because of improvements in the U.S. housing market.

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Maple sales see growth across the board

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

mapleMaple sales are up, according to lumber distributors interviewed by Woodshop News who say the market condition is a reflection of increased consumer demand for lighter woods in furniture and cabinetry products.

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The fight continues against hardwood diseases

Written by John English Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

Every few years, woodworkers learn of some new invasive pest or fungus with overseas origins that attacks our hardwood populations. Some of them have been killing trees for decades, while others are new arrivals. They generally victimize one species or family and the lumber market takes a hit. Often, the fluctuation in price settles down quickly as suppliers find ways to combat the source of the problem or perhaps lower demand by encouraging us to buy a different species.

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Buyers make the switch to African mahogany

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 August 2014 00:00

African mahogany is currently the preferred variation of all mahogany species and the look-alike versions, according to lumber dealers and suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News. The general consensus is that the rising price of genuine mahogany has deterred certain buyers, who have opted to deal with the more color-variant African species’ rather than spend more than they want.

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Sales remain slow and steady for alder

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

Alder is currently selling, but not at the pace it has been in prior years. Commonly referred to as red alder, American alder and Western alder, the species (Alnus rubra) grows from California up into Canada. It comes in clear and knotty variations, depending on how much visual character buyers want in their final product.

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