ina's love affair for high class oak furniture and flooring is pitting French loggers and sawmills against each other.
ile french oak producers traditionally sold logs to local sawmills some have now begun to sell directly to Chinese buyers who pay higher prices and do the processing themselves.
This has left many French sawmills short of wood and struggling to fulfill orders.>>
> Last year China imported five times the volume of French oak than ten years earlier.
We're not talking about 10 or 20 years from now.>>
French saw mill owners fear that total can more than double in a matter of months or years. And that could leave many of them knocking on wood for the foreseeable future.