News Focused on the Wood Market

Teak substitute is gaining influence

Monday, 01 June 2009 19:10

Iroko is becoming more popular in Europe, but it has yet to replace the real thing in the U.S., despite its lower price

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Genuine mahogany is readily available

Monday, 01 June 2009 19:01

After more than five years of turmoil, the U.S. genuine mahogany market has finally stabilized, and the country’s housing crisis can take credit for that. U.S. wholesalers have warehouses filled with mahogany, but there is one key ingredient missing — buyers.

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Teak demand springs a leak

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:34

There is no doubt teak has been the pre-eminent wood for high-end marine applications and outdoor furniture for decades. The wood is also prevalent in fine furniture, prized not only for its appearance, but also for its tight growth rings, density, durability and water resistance.

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Hard maple keeps strong share of market

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 16:31

Only two years ago, cherry and hard maple were at the top of the domestic wood markets — both in popularity and price. As everyone is acutely aware, the national economy and the domestic wood markets have changed dramatically since then. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the popularity of these two species. Retail and wholesale sales for hard maple and cherry are definitely down, but their percentage of domestic wood sales remains strong. Dealers contacted by Woodshop News report walnut is the only domestic specie that has grown in popularity during the two-year span.

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Pacific madrone is fine for furniture

Wednesday, 01 April 2009 13:31

The farther one lives from the growing range of Pacific madrone, the less likely it is the person will buy, use or even know about the West Coast wood. Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii) is also known as madrone and arbuti, and it grows in the coastal regions of southwestern British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California. It is sold as dimensional lumber, burl and burl veneer, and used for furniture, cabinetry and flooring.

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