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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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Black walnut sales are holding steady

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 November 2012 00:00

26_wood_marketsConsumer interest in American black walnut (juglans nigra) is holding steady as lumber suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News have either experienced an increase in sales during the last year or have seen no change at all. But all tend to agree that the unique growing patterns of the species makes its availability unpredictable and, in turn, make it difficult to gauge just how popular it really is.

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Soft maple sales have some staying power

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00

26_wood_marketAs fall began, soft maple (Acer rubrum) proved to be a strong seller, according to suppliers and distributors interviewed by Woodshop News. They suggest the species is attractive to woodworkers because it’s widely available and found at a more affordable price than other leading hardwoods. They also believe versatility plays a part in that it’s both easy to work and because its light hue makes it ideal for a variety of finishes.

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