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North American Softwoods

North American Softwoods. – The demand for Cedar is steady but supply is weak. The latest news I got was that in January one of our suppliers expected to not cut any WR Cedar logs as he can’t get them? Prices in Canada remain high and we see little to show us that there will be any or much relief anytime soon. So high Cedar prices look likely to be with us for some time to come.

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Cedar from Western Forest Products awaiting drying at Timspec Carterton branch

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ACP Meeker sorting yard for fine old growth Western Red Cedar to best effect.

Western Red Cedar – strong demand is causing a tight supply chain and little respite on the price front. It seems likely that there will be little or no change any time soon. There is product shipping and we are actually in reasonable shape other than for 200x45  ( feedstock for ex 200mm) weather boards. Our biggest challenge is the huge increase in the cost of holding WR Cedar stock. Not only is the cost increasing but the number of dimensions and grades is making the volume  increase. As a number of the newer dimensions are for double glazing the need for KD stocks of 63 and 75mm are rapidly growing and of course these dimensions are not easy to KD. Some would say downright difficult to KD..They would be right. We are stocking 45, 50, 63, and 75mm Cedar, the 45mm is normally only AD as it is used mainly for cladding.  The extra stocks and volumes requiring KD especially in 63 and 75mm is seriously using up all our kiln space and more.

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Cedar from Western Forest Products awaiting drying at Timspec Carterton branch

Yellow Cedar – have some stock here air drying and will top off in the kiln early next year. It is somewhat cheaper than Western Red Cedar, now as demand from traditional markets like Japan are not strong. This species is a good choice for Joinery and cladding, being very durable and quite a lot harder than WR Cedar. It is relatively less stable but it is still a nice product. For some reason right now it is very good value for money so worth considering.

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