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Price and availability boost African mahogany

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00

mahoganyFor the last 10 to 20 years, price and availability have turned woodworkers on to various African species for their mahogany needs. Genuine or Honduran mahogany is still available, but the high cost limits its purchase to very high-end and unique projects, according to hardwood dealers interviewed by Woodshop News.

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Maples sales are strong in winter months

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

Both hard and soft maple are steady movers, according to lumber suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News. Interest is particularly strong for highly figured and slab stock.

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Red alder maintains its regional appeal

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

Red alder is the most abundant hardwood in the Pacific Northwest, available in clear and knotty grades nationwide. It’s easy to work with, sands well and gives a pretty good cherry and mahogany imitation. And it’s moving well in its neck of the woods, according hardwood dealers interviewed by Woodshop News.

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Suppliers gamble with exotic hardwood stock

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

ebonyExotic hardwood suppliers have to gamble a bit when deciding what to keep in stock. There’s some intuition involved as to guessing what’s hot and what’s not, according to several dealers interviewed by Woodshop News.

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Maine trade group gains training grant

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

maineThe Maine Wood Products Association secured a $230,000 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission to support the work of the state’s Regional Wood Products Consortium for the next three years.

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