Thursday, 15 August 2013

Wood for the trees....

Timber is a volatile market. Just like gold or stocks and shares, it varies in price. Sometimes demand or a natural disaster in one part of the world might affect value. Sometimes the cost of moving it from place to place can affect the price.

For the last few years we have seen an increase in the price of timber. This is due to increased demand from countries such as India and China. Another problem has been the current financial crisis, where some timber suppliers have sadly gone under.

I would love to use English oak for my furniture. But sadly it is hard to find stable boards here. We do not produce enough of it. I use European steady oak for some building works, but for furniture I have had to look elsewhere.

I have used European oak for furniture and other projects. But for the last decade I have been using American white oak. This is kiln dried to such a degree that I can rely on it to be stable and I know that once I have made something it is not going to move.

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