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Sep 14, 2018

Returning To Your Flood Damaged Home

We hope everyone is safe from the dangers of Hurricane Florence. If you left your home to get out of the storm’s path, please be careful when going back to it. Here’s some information that we’ve compiled about returning to a house that’s been impacted by water from floods and hurricanes. If possible, please read through… 

Wood Presentation - Hardwood Lumber Grading Workshop - College of Natural Resources at NC State University

Jul 18, 2018

Hardwood Lumber Grading Workshop

The NC State University Hardwood Lumber Grading Workshop was held at Hodges Wood Product Laboratory from June 19th – 21st. The hands-on program had 22 participants and included instruction by NC State’s Wood Product Extension Professor Phil Mitchell and NHLA’s Tom Byers. The three-day workshop was designed to give “rules” conscious employees a more carefully manufactured product,… 

Construction Workers Examining Wood - WPE 2018 Dry Kiln Short Course - College of Natural Resources at NC State University

Jul 18, 2018

WPE 2018 Dry Kiln Short Course

The 49th Annual Dry Kiln Operator’s Short Course was held at Hodges Laboratory by NC State’s Wood Products Extension from June 5-8. The program had 24 participants and included instruction by NC State’s Phil Mitchell, Frederik Laleicke, Guillermo Velarde, University of Kentucky’s Terry Conners, and guest lectures by Dan Mathews (SII Dry Kilns), Mike Sanders (USNR), and… 

Wood Warehouse - Spring 2018 Southeastern Dry Kiln Club Meeting - College of Natural Resources at NC State University

May 30, 2018

Spring 2018 Southeastern Dry Kiln Club Meeting

The Spring Southeastern Dry Kiln Club Meeting was held from May 24 – May 25, 2018 in Conover, NC. The technical sessions was very informative and well received by the attendees. Claus Staalner from Brookhuis-America  gave an introduction to in-line moisture meters and explained the differences between linear and transverse measurements. Next was Thomas Monroe… 

May 11, 2018

Wood Products Extension at IWF 2018

The Wood Products Extension and the Department of Forest Biomaterials will be exhibiting at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, GA. Our booths will be number 1 and 2 in Building C – Exhibit Hall Level. We’ll make sure to bring some of our most recent program materials and hopefully we can showcase some of… 

Jan 19, 2018

Predicting the Air-Drying Time for Lumber Using the Air-Drying Estimator Spreadsheet

Lumber is often air-dried for months prior to being kiln dried. The air-drying yard manager must decide when to stop air-drying and move the lumber to the dry kiln. The Air-Drying Estimator Excel spreadsheet is based on previous air-drying of lumber research. The intent of the Air-Drying Estimator is to help the air-drying yard manager… 

Nov 17, 2017

Calculating the Equilibrium Moisture Content

The moisture content of wood in an environment held at the constant conditions of temperature and relative humidity will come to an equilibrium with its surroundings.  The air temperature and relative humidity will determine the equilibrium moisture content (EMC) conditions, and the moisture content of wood in that environment will approach the EMC of the… 

Oct 17, 2017


Fall 2017 Southeastern Dry Kiln Club Meeting (Jointly with OVLDA), Alcoa and Vonore, TN, Nov. 2-3, 2017 (see below for more information) 2017 Upholstery Frame Workshop, Conover, NC, Nov. 9, 2017. (contact Harry Watt: or 704-880-3067 or see brochure) Profitable Small Sawmills and Firewood Businesses Workshop, Spring or Summer of 2018.  (contact Harry Watt:… 

May 24, 2017

NC State Hosts NHLA Hardwood Lumber Grading Workshop

NHLA HARDWOOD LUMBER GRADING WORKSHOPJune 13 – 15, 2017North Carolina State UniversityRaleigh, North Carolina This popular workshop gives yardmen, sawyers, edger operators, sales and office staff, as well as management level personnel an introduction to lumber inspection. This course is designed as an introduction and a refresher course of the NHLA Rules. The course will… 

Apr 6, 2017

NC State’s Dry Kiln Operator’s Workshop to be held May 16 – 19, 2017

THE 48TH ANNUAL HARDWOOD DRY KILN OPERATOR’S SHORT COURSESponsored by the Southeastern Dry Kiln ClubMay 16 – 19, 2017NC State UniversityRaleigh, NC This short course will provide practical knowledge about how lumber is effectively kiln dried and scientific background on related wood properties and processes.  It will have value for the beginner as well as experienced…