News Focused on the Wood Market

Smart buyers are switching to soft maple

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

softmapleBuying soft maple will save you about 60 cents/bf at the retail level over hard maple, enough to sway many shops, according to lumber dealers interviewed by Woodshop News.

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Demand increases, but supply gets tighter as regulations multiply

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00

purpleheartSales of imported exotic hardwoods are on the rise, which lumber suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News attribute to an improving economy and a renewed interest by woodworkers to use unique materials.

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Demand drives higher prices for black walnut

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00

walnutBlack walnut continues to be in high demand and the pricing reflects it, according to lumber suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News.

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Alder climbs the ladder in popularity

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00

alderWhether their clients want a knotty or clear variation, alder has been a popular material choice for cabinetmakers lately. Lumber suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News agree that the West Coast species has gained popularity during the last year. Some say it’s the price, while others believe its rich color hues make it a hot seller.

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Oak sales see growth in the marketplace

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

oakOak sales have increased during the last six months, according to lumber suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News. Most feel that it’s only gaining demand at the same rate as other hardwoods they sell, primarily because of a rebounding economy. But that doesn’t take away from the fact both red and white oak are targeted by designers and cabinetmakers for its unique grainy texture that puts a bit of flair into seemingly simple pieces.

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