News Focused on the Wood Market

Price of exotics climbs with high demand

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 October 2011 00:00

Exotic hardwood sales are strong in the U.S., even though supplies are scarce. While imported species generally make up a smaller part of a hardwood dealer’s business, an increasing lack of availability of non-domestic species has some suppliers worried they won’t have the products their customers want in the future. Dealers interviewed by Woodshop News say they want to continue to carry popular woods, such as purpleheart and zebrawood, even though prices are climbing because of their limited availability.

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Quarantines take their toll on ash sales

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 September 2011 00:00

31_wood_marketThere have been significant outbreaks of the emerald ash borer in certain U.S. regions since the insect was first discovered nine years ago in Michigan. That has caused federal and state officials to impose quarantines on sales of green ash in highly infested areas. Since ash has traditionally been a popular hardwood to those in the woodworking profession, lumber suppliers are now forced to weigh the risks and benefits of dealing with the species.

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White oak sales buck economic trends

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 August 2011 00:00

22_wood_market1Sales of white oak (Quercus alba) continue to be fairly strong for solid stock, veneer and sheet goods, according to hardwood dealers interviewed by Woodshop News.

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Walnut sales enjoy a market recovery

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 July 2011 00:00

21_wood_marketWalnut has gained in popularity during the last couple of years with woodworking customers looking for highly figured slabs, regardless of the walnut species, in the form of boards, panels and veneers. Lumber suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News say the trend is the result of recent demand for large, live-edge table tops, and also for darker hues in cabinetry and furniture.

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Regulations raise genuine mahogany prices

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 13 June 2011 00:00

30_genuine_01Lumber suppliers across the nation expect the availability of Swietenia macrophylla, also known as bigleaf mahogany, Honduras mahogany and South American mahogany, to continue to decrease during the next couple of years because of increased regulations imposed on South American nations that harvest and export the material. If available to them at all, woodworkers can expect higher costs to obtain it.

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