Pricing & Supply

Timber investment group sees surge in land transactions

ATLANTA, Ga. – Timber investment group Domain Timber Advisors said it is seeing a surge in transactions this year with 78 land sales either closed or under agreement year-to-date, surpassing the 50 total in 2019. The group’s transactions have ranged from 2 to 10,700 acres, with an average of 500 acres, with the majority occurring in the Southeast.

Sources for exotic wood information

Q: Where can I locate a very complete listing of most of the exotic woods of the world, which specifically lists specific gravities, densities and weight-per-board-foot. I'm currently building up a few samples using wenge, padouk, zebrawood, purpleheart and bubinga. That is our marketing niche using the highest quality exotics at affordable prices.

Narrow lumber from supplier and lower yield

Q. I was shown two pieces of lumber, one 6-1/2 inches wide and 12 feet long and another almost an inch wider (not quite 7-1/2 inches wide) and 12 feet long and the grader said both were counted as 6 BF. The grader commented to me that some mills produced a lot of this narrow lumber. If our grader is correct, 6-1/2 inches x 12 feet is 936 square inches, while 7-1/2 inches x 12 feet is 1080 inches which is 15 percent more wood. Or I figure that 6-1/2-inch pieces are 15 percent less. I also know that our percentage yield with 6-1/2 inches is a bit lower than from 7-1/2-inch pieces, but this a bit scary. Is this right? What is going on?