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Cabinet and furniture trends are changing as consumer demands adjust to the latest styles, impacting what's popular in wood species.

The Hardwood Manufacturers Assn., (HMA) notes an increase in demand for rift sawn white oak cabinets. Brian Yahn, sales manager, Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry, says rift sawn oak "produces very stable boards that are resistant to warping and shrinking" but it also gives a distinctive grain that is "tight, straight and even, that takes neutral or light stains exceptionally well." Today it is being used to create something sleek and modern," says Yahn. "The cabinetry is clean-lined and durable yet still exudes an organic quality."

The Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturer's, Inc. (AHMI) released a survey American cherry a leader in bedroom, dining room and entertainment centers for the October 2012 market. It was second to American red oak in the home office category. Tom Inman, AHMI president, said designers still love American cherry for every room in the home. "We found a trend to more brown tones for cherry with medium and darker finishes rather than clear." Learn more about these species at


Styles noted in the National Kitchen & Bath Assn.'s 2012 Kitchen and Bath Style Report

* Increase in walnut and birch use

* Move towards dark finishes

* Distressed finishes are making a comeback

* Decline in the use of cherry

* Drop in the popularity of maple


Here's a list of the most viewed species in order of interest:

* Ziricote (pictured)

* Beetle-killed Pine

* Red Grandis

* Cherry

* Red Oak

* Pacific Coast Maple

* Koa

* Pau Marfim

* Padauk

* White Oak

* European Beech

* Paldao

* Vavona Burl

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Title Annotation:TRENDS: Wood Species
Publication:Wood Products
Date:Dec 1, 2013
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