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Dec. 2015

North American Hardwoods

North American Hardwoods. – The demand is still growing and if the import figures are correct imports are growing here more than in many parts of the world.  White Oak dominates the species we use and sell here. White Ash is growing strongly as well. The supply situation is generally good, except for White Ash where the Emerald Borer is killing great swathes of the White Ash forest, and Bourbon Barrel makers consuming a lot of the better larger logs in White Oak. Black Walnut sales have been very good this year, in fact better than I can ever remember, maybe my memory is failing as well??? Black Walnut costs have risen a lot due to unprecedented demand.

White Oak – stocks of white oak have been hard to get at the right price as we face the impact of the lower kiwi dollar driving up costs and in particular in wider widths and thicker sections, higher costs are holding us to ransom. We are debating with some suppliers what we will do to ensure ongoing supply of 50mm for example. We are finding demand for the higher grades of Oak, in particular the Super Prime grade very strong. To help we have started buying more fixed width in 50mm ( 150x50 and 200x50) bear in mind the grade and sizing is still not what we are used to..  stocks in super prime random widths 25, 40 and 50mm are in good shape. We have plenty of  Prime ( or FAS) grade and also Comsel ( or # 1 Commons). We are not stocking the # 2 Commons any more except for flooring feedstock as 150x25 and 200x25.

White Ash – sales are strong and keeping stocks up a struggle. We have good stocks in 25, 40, and 75mm with more 50mm due mid Jan.  Supplies are steady costs are steady and although we know that the resource is under threat from the Emerald  borer its hard to see in the supply. Supplies seem to be steady some concerns for supply in the next few years but not just yet.

Black Walnut – stocks in 50mm have been thrashed and we are waiting for some more to arrive, we only buy a “super prime” grade and it is supposedly better than the norm but we do wonder. Walnut grade rules and not too good for buyers. We do the very best we can. Supplies are very tight.

Hard Maple – sales have been slow. We do have good stocks with more coming. We stock 25, 40 and 50mm thick product.

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