There are thousands of different solid
and reconstituted wood products commercially available, ranging
from fine furniture to paper.
Wood and wood residues are also the basis of many chemically
derived products, including cellophane, charcoal, dyestuffs,
explosives, lacquers, turpentine and yeast.
Although cellulose and lignin are the main constituents of
all woods, cell structure and the presence of resins, minerals
and other compounds can greatly affect wood properties. To
understand the market specifications for timber products it
is necessary to thoroughly understand wood.
Wood growth and
and wood production
Preferable wood characteristics and defects
that reduce log value can be identified for almost all wood
markets and processes.
Sawn timber products
for pulp, paper and wood panel production
Timber is a heavy product, and is rarely
transported more than a few hundred kilometres, so market
opportunities vary across the country. Few farmers are experienced
at harvesting and marketing wood products. For this reason,
farmers are advised to learn about what industries are currently
purchasing timber in their region and to consider how markets
might change over time.
products and services
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