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THE APPALACHIAN HARDWOOD CENTER

The Appalachian Hardwood Center (AHC) at West Virginia University, is a jointly supported center of the WVU Extension Service and the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design.


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The center was established in 1987 by the West Virginia Legislature to provide technical and research support for the state's growing wood products industry. The AHC is a center of excellence for outreach; extension and technology transfer; professional development; and applied research. The AHC serves sustainable natural resource-based businesses and communities as well as private forest landowners and natural resource professionals in the Appalachian forest region.

 

walnut tableThe 2014 Annual Wood Species & Design Survey was administered by Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc (AHMI) at the spring High Point Furniture Market. The survey is a tally of the pieces on display in four furniture categories.

Walnut was the leading wood used in the bedroom and home office furniture categories, second in entertainment centers & wall units, and third in dining room furniture. This was the first time in more than a decade that walnut had topped any of the four

categories in the survey. In the previous survey, taken in the fall of 2012, cherry was first in bedroom, dining room, entertainment centers & wall units, and second in home office furniture.

Bedroom furniture had the largest number of pieces on display. Walnut increased to number one with 15% of the pieces, up from sixth place in 2011, followed by cherry (14%) the category leader in 2012, maple (11%), painted wood (11%), mahogany (7.3%), rubberwood (7%), and pine, white oak, birch, yellow-poplar rounding out the top ten.

Dining room groups made up the second largest category in number of pieces. Rubberwood moved to the top spot (15%) from fourth place in 2012, followed by walnut (9.7%) up from third place in 2012, cherry (8.6%) down from first place in 2012, mahogany and hickory / pecan tied at 6.3%, alder and maple tied at 5.7%, then painted wood, red oak, and pine.

In home office furniture, walnut was the new leading wood, up from fifth in 2012. It was used in 17% of the pieces on display, followed by cherry (16.4%), red oak (15.8%) down from first place the category in 2012, maple (9.8%), mahogany (8.3%), and birch, pine, white oak, alder, and elm each with less than 5% of the pieces on display.

For entertainment centers & wall units, cherry was still the leading wood, as it was in the previous two surveys (2012 and 2011) in 16.4 % of the pieces on display in 2014, followed again by walnut in second place (14%). Completing the top ten were mahogany (10%), maple (8.5%), and alder, white oak, birch, pine, red oak, and yellow-poplar, each with 7.5% to 5% of the pieces on display.

A more detailed survey summary, including comments on design trends can be read at:

 

http://www.appalachianwood.org/Furniture_species_survey14.pdf

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