News Focused on the Wood Market

Cherry sales still steady in down market

Wednesday, 03 December 2008 14:45

Cherry has remained at the top of the domestic wood markets for several years now, both in demand and in price. And although domestic wood markets are about as depressed as the economy, cherry continues to be the wood of choice for many cabinetmakers and custom furniture makers. Dealers contacted by Woodshop News note that some mills are sorting cherry by color much more than they used to, and in some areas of the country, demand has decreased.

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Swiss pear is a rarity among exotics

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).

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Slowly, ash is making a slight comeback

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?

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Sales of yellow birch remain lackluster

Friday, 03 October 2008 21:00

There 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.

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Some straight talk about warped wood

Monday, 29 September 2008 19:46

In 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.”

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