Woodworking industry wrestles with major supply disruptions
By William Sampson
Skyrocketing lumber prices have grabbed the media spotlight recently, but most of the attention has been focused on softwood lumber and homebuilding. In reality, the crisis is more widespread than just homebuilding and has reached deep into the woodworking industry across North America, affecting hardwoods, sheet goods, and other essentials amid wide disruptions across the industrial supply chain.
We talked to a number of woodworking industry experts to shed light on the bigger picture of the current supply chain disruption, who and what products it affects, what the scope of the disruption is, what the causes are, and even some predictions on how long it could last.