News Focused on the Wood Market

Figured bubinga slabs remain plentiful

Tuesday, 30 September 2008 20:35

Bubinga 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.



Sapele remains a popular alternative

Monday, 29 September 2008 19:40

When the Brazilian government halted exports of genuine mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) in 2001, and Peru followed suit by drastically cutting exports several years later, wholesalers were forced to look elsewhere for species to fill the huge market void that was created. Although genuine mahogany, also known as bigleaf mahogany and Honduras mahogany, still trickles into the United States, popular alternatives have emerged such as African mahogany (Khaya spp.), sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum), sipo (Entandrophragma utile), and Spanish cedar (Cedrela odorata).



Cherry prices drop slightly; quality up

Monday, 29 September 2008 19:31

Cherry remains one of the few bright spots in the wood markets with wholesale and retail dealers reporting steady sales, an improvement in overall quality, and a modest drop in pricing. Because of a decline in the export market, primarily to Europe, log quantities have increased, which has resulted in the availability of better quality lumber.



Tonewoods are music to a wood dealers’ ears

Friday, 29 August 2008 00:00

For many woodworkers, the word “tonewood” may never register in their trade vocabulary. But for some U.S. domestic and exotic wood dealers, tonewoods for acoustic guitars are an enormous part of their business.



Red oak market could be on the rebound

Thursday, 28 August 2008 12:09

Dealers report prices have stabilized for upper grades; flooring market has bottomed out



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