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September 21, 2007

Hardwood veneer workshop to be held in Michigan

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University will host a workshop, called Marketing Hardwood Veneer Logs and Trees, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Coldwater Veneer Inc. in Coldwater, Mich.

The workshop will teach participants about the veneering process and provide a better understanding of veneer-quality logs and trees.

"The fine-face veneers market is one of the highest valued uses of hardwoods," said Daniel Cassens, a Purdue professor of forestry and natural resources and workshop coordinator. "Marketing the 'somewhat less than perfect' trees and logs can become a challenge."

The markets for veneers change, so this session will teach participants what a veneer buyer can accept and why the value of these logs can vary.

Management from Coldwater Veneer Inc. will conduct the workshop and lead discussions about factors that affect the grade and value of veneers. Some of these factors include growth defects, site factors, insect and fungal damage, and log length. Examination of sample veneers and a tour of the facility also will be included in the session.

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

Enrollment is limited. Registration is $25 per person, which covers lunch and breaks. For more information, call (765) 494-3644 or e-mail Cassens at dcassens@purdue.edu.

Writer: Hannah Brescher, (765) 494-8402, hbresche@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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