Workshop to offer advice about hardwood lumber

February 4, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is offering a workshop for those interested in the hardwood industry and wanting to learn about lumber production, proper handling and use.

"Hardwood Lumber: Producing, Using and Selling" will be a one-day workshop, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the following locations:

* April 2. Purdue University, John S. Wright Conference Center, 1007 N. 725 W., West Lafayette.

* April 5. City of Elkhart, Elkhart Environmental Center, 1717 E. Lusher Ave.

* April 9. Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center (SEPAC), 4425 E. C.R. 350 N., Butlerville.

* April 16. Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center (SIPAC), 11371 E. Purdue Farm Road, Dubois.

Workshop topics include wood quality and characteristics, log scaling, hardwood lumber grading and pricing, sawing patterns and grade sawing, determining veneer quality logs, wood moisture and drying, stain and insects, and selling and marketing wood products for small and traditional producers. There will also be a sawing demonstration.

"The hardwood industry is composed of a very diverse group of individuals, small companies and large companies that produce timber and continue to add value until a wood product finally ends up available to an individual consumer or to an industrial user," said Dan Cassens, a Purdue professor of wood products.

Cassens is the author of "Manufacturing and Marketing Eastern Hardwood Lumber Produced by Thin Kerf Band Mills," on which the presentations are based.

The Society of American Foresters has approved the workshop for professional Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits of 6.5 hours. Participants should bring their own lunch.

The registration fee is $20. To register online and pay with a credit card, go to To pay by check, complete the registration form with check payable to Purdue University and mail to Purdue Extension - The Education Store, 700 Ahlers Drive, MMDC Building, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2012. Registration by phone, at 888-398-4636, also is available.

For more information about the workshop, contact Cassens at 765-412-6844,

Writer: Jennifer Piotrowski, 765-494-8402,

Source: Dan Cassens, 765-412-6844,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson,
Agriculture News Page

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