News Focused on the Wood Market

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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White oak bucks current sales trends

Monday, 16 August 2010 00:00

As domestic wood species go, white oak has remained among the strongest and steadiest sellers. And for retail sellers, in a continuing depressed wood market, a consistent seller is just fine.

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Lumin plywood billed as a ‘green’ option

Monday, 19 July 2010 15:00

18_green_01Weyerhaeuser has introduced Lumin plywood, a hardwood and softwood product that is derived from plantation-grown eucalyptus and pine. It is currently available in 4x8 panels in thicknesses of 12mm, 15mm and 18mm. The panels are available in a variety of grades and layup configurations. Lumin plywood is PS 1-07 and CE2+ certified for construction use in the United States and Europe.

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