News Focused on the Wood Market

Walnut sales boosted by recent design trends

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

Recent walnut sales are mixed. But hardwood dealers interviewed by Woodshop News say the one constant in the market is customer fondness for the wood’s rich and characteristic color.

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Rustic appearance gives white oak an edge

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

Customer preferences for red and white oak fluctuate from year to year and in 2014 white oak has taken the lead. Hardwood dealers interviewed by Woodshop News say current buyers prefer white over red for its rich light-to-dark-brown color. Designers also favor white oak, especially when it’s distressed, giving it a rustic appearance.

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Cherry sales steady as housing improves slowly

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

woodmarketsSales of cherry are steady for the most part these days, according to lumber dealers interviewed by Woodshop News who also say supplies are increasing because of improvements in the U.S. housing market.

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Maple sales see growth across the board

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

mapleMaple sales are up, according to lumber distributors interviewed by Woodshop News who say the market condition is a reflection of increased consumer demand for lighter woods in furniture and cabinetry products.

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The fight continues against hardwood diseases

Written by John English Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

Every few years, woodworkers learn of some new invasive pest or fungus with overseas origins that attacks our hardwood populations. Some of them have been killing trees for decades, while others are new arrivals. They generally victimize one species or family and the lumber market takes a hit. Often, the fluctuation in price settles down quickly as suppliers find ways to combat the source of the problem or perhaps lower demand by encouraging us to buy a different species.

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