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The construction industry is currently being hit by unprecedented timber shortages, and the situation is set to become even more challenging throughout 2021.

According to TTF (Timber Trade Federation) - the UK's leading membership body for the timber supply chain - issues with supply and demand are expected to be strained further as we move into the third quarter of the year.

The UK source nearly half their structural wood from Swedish sawmills that are now experiencing the lowest stock shortage in over 20 years. The over-reliance on Swedish supply comes at a time when European wood production facilities typically close for summer maintenance, making the timber supply strain even more serious.

How Can I Beat The Timber Price Increases & Stock Shortages?

We pride ourselves on our transparency with our customers - so we need to let you know that this industry-wide problem will likely result in timber shortages and price increases across Woodshop Direct.

If you want to beat the increases, we strongly recommend that you don't wait any longer to place your orders. On our site you can browse by wood, choosing from a range of high-grade hardwoods and softwoods, from Oak and Beech to Douglas Fir and Pine. You can also browse by use to find wood for your next exterior or interior projects, as well as timber specially chosen for worktops, joinery and profiles. So if you're thinking about a new woodworking project or have a project scheduled for the summer holidays, then look to get your wood materials ordered at Woodshop Direct as early as possible.

We are hoping these shortages and price hikes are only temporary and that normal business will resume promptly. We will of course mark any timbers we have difficulty sourcing as Out of Stock for the time being, but please sign up for a stock update for your required wood so we can send you a notification as soon as the product becomes available again.

If you have any questions or concerns about the stock shortages and price increases, please don't hesitate to get in contact with our Customer Services Team on 01326 370950 or at

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Post By Ed Mason