News Focused on the Wood Market

Disease can’t squash butternut’s popularity

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 March 2013 00:00

Butternut’s warm tones and unique grain pattern make it an appealing choice for remodeling high-end homes and commercial properties, according to lumber retailers interviewed by Woodshop News. The rare wood is a tough find, not only because of its limited growth locations, but also because of the devastating canker disease that has plagued the species and caused irreversible loss in prime growth locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Cherry remains a craftsman’s ‘standard’

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 February 2013 00:00

With cherry sales continuing to hold steady year after year, lumber suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News agree that the species is still one of the most reliable sellers in the hardwood market. But its popularity seems to speak more to the tradition of using it to craft fine furniture because buyers tend to select it more for their individual projects rather than for cabinetry or architectural millwork.

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Unraveling the mysteries of mahogany

Written by John English Monday, 21 January 2013 00:00

It’s gotta be the most confusing wood out there. Mahogany comes in many guises, including genuine, sapele, utile, Philippine, Spanish cedar, African and Fiji. In fact, some woods sold as mahogany aren’t even family members. For woodshop buyers, here are some notes that might help clarify the choices.

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Demand shifts to mahogany substitutes

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 21 January 2013 00:00

As less expensive and more readily available African hardwoods prove to be sufficient substitutes for genuine mahogany, lumber suppliers are seeing woodworkers’ interest in the latter continue to wane.

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Hickory sales find boost in floor market

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 December 2012 00:00

23_wood_marketsWhile the denseness of hickory (Carya spp.) makes it a difficult hardwood with which to work, this domestic species is popular because of its unique rustic appearance and low price, particularly in the flooring industry. And with all of the sharp tooling in the today’s market, it’s more desirable than some might think.

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