Purdue News

March 20, 2006

Hardwood log, lumber and tree grading workshop March 23-24

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will sponsor a hardwood log, lumber and tree grading workshop on Wednesday and Thursday (March 23 and 24) at the Purdue Davis Farm in Farmland, Ind.

The workshop will provide participants better knowledge of the U.S. Forest Hardwood log grades and their relationship to lumber grades.

"We want people to learn the value of hardwood timber," said Daniel Cassens, professor of forestry and natural resources. "We want them to be able to know how many dollars a tree is actually worth."

The workshop will be hands-on and will include grading lumber from trees on the Purdue Davis Farm.

"We will actually go to the woods and cut down a couple of trees," Cassens said. "After we make it into lumber we'll grade it and put an actual value on it."

Woodmizer Co. of Indianapolis will be on-site to help with the cutting process using their sawmills.

"It's a good opportunity to see the entire process taking place," Cassens said.

Topics for the workshop include fundamentals of hardwood lumber grading and terminology with practice grading, log grades and tree grades, what constitutes a defect, and predicting log and tree value.

Participants are required to have a hard hat, earplugs, safety glasses and steel-toed shoes.

Registration is $100 per person. Costs will cover the instruction, lunch, breaks and handout materials. The cost of other meals and lodging is not included. Enrollment is limited. For more information, call (765) 494-3644 or e-mail Cassens at dcassens@purdue.edu.

Writer: Chelsea Carter, (765) 494-8402, carterc@purdue.edu

Source: Daniel Cassens, (765) 494-3644, dcassens@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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