News Focused on the Wood Market
Tuesday, 04 November 2008 16:43
Swiss pear, also known as European pear, is an exotic wood primarily used in architectural millwork when it has no figure and for furniture when it exhibits a mottled or pommele figure. Supplies of European pearwood are available from a limited number of U.S. exotic wood dealers in two species, the pear trees that grow in orchards (Pyrus communis) and the trees that are found in the wild (Pyrus sorbus).
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 00:00
It’s not earth-shattering news, but for the first time in years wood dealers are talking about increased sales of ash, the wood specie that gets no respect. Sales and inquiries are up in the domestic and export markets. Although the wood is suitable for cabinets, furniture and flooring, ash sales have lagged behind oak for years despite its attractive price. So what’s behind the new interest?
Friday, 03 October 2008 21:00There are a few domestic species that just plod along at the retail level, with a few sales here and a few sales there. Yellow birch has been a member of that group for several years now, and there’s little indication the situation will change in the near future. A number of dealers report yellow birch users have switched their allegiance to soft maple.
Monday, 29 September 2008 19:46In the July 2008 issue of Woodshop News (page 16, “Finishing both sides is warped thinking”), finishing columnist Bob Flexner said: “It’s a widespread myth among woodworkers and finishers that to prevent warping it’s necessary to balance moisture-vapor exchange by finishing both sides of wood. In fact, finishing the undersides of tabletops or the insides of cabinets or chests has only limited impact on reducing the likelihood of future problems.”
Tuesday, 30 September 2008 20:35Bubinga is one of the African woods that remains in good supply, often has an attractive figure and is reasonably priced. Although several factors such as the falling dollar and increased freight costs have driven the cost of bubinga up in the last few years, lumber and slabs can still be purchased at a moderate price.
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