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All About White Wood, Sap Wood and Spalted Wood

By Scott Wunder Posted: 04/27/2015 8:12PM

A question I get about white woods is, “What white woods do you have?” They really are asking, “What species do you have that has a wide enough sap ring to produce white boards?” It starts a discussion about where white woods come from.

Softwood Exports Rose, Lumber Prices Fell as Dollar Strengthened

Posted: 04/25/2015 7:39PM

Softwood lumber exports were 5-8% higher in Canada, Russia and the Nordic countries in 2014, but lumber prices fell toward year's end on a strengthening US dollar and weaker wood markets in Europe and Asia.

Price Discrepancy Between Hardwood & Softwood Chips

By Hakan Ekstrom Posted: 04/24/2015 3:59PM

The price discrepancy between overseas traded hardwood and softwood chips was at its greatest in February 2015 when compared to the prior twelve months, according to the FOEX Chip Price Indexes.

Wood Fiber Costs for Pulp Mills in the Western US Increases

By Hakan Ekstrom Posted: 04/23/2015 3:19PM

Pulp mills in the US South continued to have stable wood fiber prices in the 1Q/15 at levels lower than any other region in the country. The dramatic increase in chip prices in the Northwest during 2014 started to level off early in 2015, while tight fiber supply in both the Lake State region and in the Northeast resulted in upward price pressure, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review.

Unsold Common Oak, Hard and Soft Maple, Cherry Depress Prices

By Andy Johnson Posted: 04/23/2015 11:11AM

Demand and prices are firmer for upper-grade lumber than for #1 Common and below in most hardwood species. Inventories of unsold Red Oak, White Oak, Hard Maple, Soft Maple and Cherry continue to build, especially in the commons.

Hardwood Demand Underwhelms Expectations, as China Weakens

By Andy Johnson Posted: 04/19/2015 7:10PM

Lumber price declines have begun to stabilize, but we continue to anticipate that lumber markets will remain slow with prices under downward pressure until fall 2015. Only high end housing and vacation homes are robust.

Sawlog Prices Declined in Many Countries During 2014

By Hakan Ekstrom Posted: 04/06/2015 3:25PM

Sawlog prices declined in many countries during 2014 and the GSPI price index in the 4Q/14 was at the lowest level in two years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly.

U.S. Hardwood Exports Slow; World Markets Oversupplied

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/05/2015 5:02PM

U.S. hardwood lumber exports totaled 116 million board feet in January, virtually unchanged from the prior month but down 14% from January 2014. Year-on-year shipments to Asia and Europe were down 22% and 6%, respectively.

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