The housing correction that started in 2007 and resulted in a global recession, is slowly running its course. Its effect, though, on the secondary wood products industry will continue to have impact for the next few years.
Several suppliers at the IWF 2010 International Woodworking Fair will be exhibiting products related to thermally treated wood. Basically the systems use specialized kilns to treat either hardwoods or softwoods, making them insect- and water-resistant and weatherproof without the use of chemicals. In the process, wood darkens, allowing certain lighter wood colors to substitute for darker and sometimes more expensive species.