News Focused on the Wood Market

Hard maple is abundant as sales go soft

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 18 April 2011 00:00

21_wood_marketThe market for hard maple hasn't shown much improvement, which is good news for buyers.

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Ipê is known as a good teak alternative

Monday, 14 March 2011 00:00

23_ipe_01During the last decade, ipê has become well-known as a South and Central American wood used primarily for outdoor applications, particularly decking. Many consider it a decking material second to none. On some occasions, it is also used for indoor flooring.

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Walnut sales knock cherry off the top

Monday, 14 March 2011 00:00

20_walnut_01For a number of years now, cherry has absolutely ruled the domestic wood market. Demand has been strong and retail prices have exceeded $6/bf for nearly 10 years. However, things have changed during the last year or two and walnut has emerged as the current wood of choice. Wholesale and retail dealers can't pinpoint the reason why, but in this economy they are simply happy that something is selling well.

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Eastern red cedar sales increase for some

Monday, 14 February 2011 00:00

Woodshop News last wrote about Eastern red cedar in June 2003, more than seven years ago. When calling back some of the contacts for that story, mainly mills, it was discovered that several have closed. Conversely, several mills and dealers have actually seen their businesses grow. It does appear that for some wood dealers who focus on specific species, the last several years have become a matter of survival of the fittest.

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Northern red oak goes south quickly

Sunday, 13 February 2011 00:00

25_retailpricechart_01It's no secret that wood prices are based on supply and demand. And during the last several years, there probably isn't a better example of that principle than red oak.

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