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#1 posted 11-28-2009 04:07 PM

I feel like the US domestic wood industry has abandoned me. They’ve turned to the commodities market where volume trumps quality—the WalMart business model, if you will. Commodities traders know only a few hardwood species, walnut, cherry, oak and maybe a couple others. Commodity wood is sawn for yield, never quality. I’ve walked through big warehouses of lumber without seeing a single board I cared to use. There are a few small mills who’ve realized the commodities market is like Wall Street, a corrupt racket that’ll string you along offering crumbs until they figure out how to steal everything you have. These better smaller mills do cater to the specialty market and are doing better financially than those who chase the commodities market. I can occasionally get the wood I need from them but they’re increasingly turning to selling exotics ‘cuz too many of the hobbyist woodworkers out there think using some googaboola wood will somehow make their work more precious. I don’t want the exotics, I want domestic wood sawn by a good sawyer who knows how to get quality lumber from a log. If the corporate commodities US domestic wood industry were to collapse today, I’d be left thinking it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bunch of people. The best wood comes from the small sawyer who’s catering to a local market and knows how to get good wood from a log.

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