News Focused on the Wood Market

Red alder maintains its regional appeal

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

Red alder is the most abundant hardwood in the Pacific Northwest, available in clear and knotty grades nationwide. It’s easy to work with, sands well and gives a pretty good cherry and mahogany imitation. And it’s moving well in its neck of the woods, according hardwood dealers interviewed by Woodshop News.

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Suppliers gamble with exotic hardwood stock

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

ebonyExotic hardwood suppliers have to gamble a bit when deciding what to keep in stock. There’s some intuition involved as to guessing what’s hot and what’s not, according to several dealers interviewed by Woodshop News.

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Maine trade group gains training grant

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

maineThe Maine Wood Products Association secured a $230,000 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission to support the work of the state’s Regional Wood Products Consortium for the next three years.

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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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