News Focused on the Wood Market

Wherever you are, ebony will cost you — perhaps $100/bf

Monday, 18 October 2010 00:00

29_ebonyThere are several certainties about African ebony. First of all, it is hard, heavy and dense. What is also noticeable about the wood is its price - ebony is one of the most expensive woods in the world. Regularly priced between $75/bf and $100/bf, it makes one wonder why more people don't ebonize a significantly cheaper species with the use of aniline dye, stain or paint. But for wealthy customers, the real deal is the only deal.

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Versatile cypress is making a splash

Monday, 18 October 2010 00:00

30_cypressCypress, also known as bald cypress, is found primarily in the South and often grows partially submerged in swampy areas. The rot-resistant softwood comes from an unusual-looking, but very recognizable, tree - especially for its knees, which protrude from the water. Although it is a conifer, the tree loses its needles in the fall and got its name for its "bald" look during the winter. The green needles are produced again in the spring.

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Claro walnut is ‘dramatic’ in color

Monday, 13 September 2010 00:00

28_CLAROWALNUT_01Claro walnut has a limited growing area - California to Washington - but is highly sought after for its figure and size. It is often sold in slab form for table tops, sometimes in immense sizes. The wood received international recognition thanks to George Nakashima's Peace Altars and large table tops.

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Old hickory gains some new popularity

Monday, 13 September 2010 00:00

29_oldhickory_01Hickory may be one of the country's least known domestic hardwoods, but of late it has gained increased popularity in the cabinetry and flooring markets. The wood is hard, dense and relatively inexpensive; all fine attributes in today's economy. Originally known for years as the best species for handles on axes, hatchets, picks and hammers, hickory has enjoyed a slight rejuvenation in demand during the last several years.

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Jatoba starts to lose some of its luster

Monday, 16 August 2010 00:00

29_jatoba_01Jatoba was first imported to the United States from Brazil about 20 years ago, and at the time the new exotic was popular among furniture makers. Through subsequent years, the reddish-brown heartwood with an occasional golden luster has become a commodity wood, most often used for flooring.

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