I laughed my ass off a few years back. Going around a curve behind some
big, bright red 4WD behemoth in some pretty treacherous snow. The guy was
teetering on the brink of wiping out, kept almost losing it again and
again. I didn't have any trouble negotiating the same curve in my little
wussy front wheel drive car.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
It comes down to the decorating Market
then it filters to the stores that are selling and designing.
All woods hold there own in the market place, Some just burn them selves out
Pickeled Oak aka whiewash drove me crazy with people clamoring over it.
Light to Med stained oak is always a big seller, and i believe Natural
Maple has run its course as a leader but will stay as the light to medium
oaks as a big seller.
Here on the west coast Alder maintaine a fair demand.
Cherry will not become a leader because of the cost
Right now I personally do not see any wood that is in a leader,
its pretty much like the fashion industry Anything Goes
Anyway we decided to do our Kitchen in Paint, Oh ya it will knock most socks
This is one of those apparently simple questions that doesn't have a
single simple answer.
On a national level, the stuff that comes out of High Point, North
Carolina indicates what the market will be for a good chunk of the
mass furniture market.
On the kitchen cabinet side, the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers
Association has a bi-weekly newsletter on design trends within their
The two industries have sufficient volume needs that they can drive
prices this way and that. They also buy in anticipation of the market
and can create a shortage/price increase before the trend is actually
Sometimes this leads yards to buy too much of a certain wood before
their local market can absorb it. They sometimes buy high (or try to
anticipate the trend and buy low, but mark up high) and then have to
discount the wood when it doesn't move.
Cherry has been on a roll for a number of years and has driven the
price up to where it is beyond that of walnut, which used to hold the
volume position that cherry does now.
Local markets are driven by the volume of the sub markets in their
area. I build mostly high-end traditional style built-ins, in the
Main Line area outside of Philadelphia. This market's design trends
don't come from High Point or KCMA but from Architectural Digest and
interior design magazines that feature the current work of designers.
However, the volume of this market is not enough to sway national
pricing, although it has some effect on regional stocking and pricing.
On a very local level the price of wood that can be acquired from
independent sawmills is driven by local supply. In Pennsylvania we
grow a lot of cherry and we can get it a lot cheaper than someone can
in California but our Western Red Cedar costs are much higher.
The saddest result of market changes is when it goes from clear
finished wood to painted wood (particularly in kitchen cabinets).
I've torn out what must have been beautiful, clear finished wood
cabinetry, when it was built - because it had been sprayed over with
an opaque finish and now the trend had gone back to clear finished
Thomas J. Watson-Cabinetmaker
Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania
Just my luck. I've always liked cherry, my wife likes cherry and that
is what we are planning to use for the new kitchen cabinets in the next
several months. Yep, buy at the peak of the market, that's me. OTOH,
I'm not going to use something that I like less on a project that, Lord
willing, will last the rest of my lifetime.
If we use rising price as an indicator of demand, then I'd have to say
that this is the year of plywood and OSB.
(remove all letters after y in the alphabet)
Currently "in" species for me include cherry, ash, basswood, hard and soft
maple, yellow birch, black locust, and red oak.
Because they are all logs sitting in a pile next to my Wood-Mizer, waiting
to be sawn into a couple of thousand board feet of free (*) lumber to be
used in my new house.
I'll take whatever I can get, but I ain't paying for it any more. Kinda
(*) - free does not include my labor, the cost of gas and blades, and a new
log chain for my tractor. OK, maybe 5 or 6 cents a board foot. :)
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.