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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… 

Dec 23, 2016

The Equilibrium Moisture Content of Wood in Exterior Locations in the United States: An Update

Wood responds to atmospheric moisture in a predictable manner.  If the relative humidity and temperature of the air are known, we can determine the equilibrium moisture content of that air, or EMC.  Knowledge of the EMC is useful in estimating how fast lumber on an air drying yard will dry; how long it will take… 

Sep 12, 2016

Differential Shrinkage and the Cupping of Lumber

Wood shrinkage is often calculated with the assumption that the radial and tangential shrinkage occurs parallel to the surfaces of either flatsawn or quartersawn lumber.  As a result, the calculated shrinkage has a built-in error in calculating the change in dimension since it ignores the curvilinear nature of the growth rings.  An Excel spreadsheet model… 

Aug 1, 2016

Dehumidification Drying of Lumber Short Course

October 6-7, 2016North Carolina State UniversityRaleigh, North Carolina Registration Deadlines:Friday, September 9, 2016 early discount fee endsFriday, October 3, 2016 final registration day, limit 25 attendees. Dehumidification drying can produce high quality kiln dried lumber with a small capital investment.  This short course will provide practical knowledge about using dehumidification to produce kiln dried lumber,… 

Apr 28, 2016

NC State Announces 2016 NHLA Hardwood Lumber Grading Workshop

NHLA HARDWOOD LUMBER GRADING WORKSHOP Sponsored by the Southeastern Dry Kiln ClubJune 14 – 16, 2016NC State UniversityRaleigh, NC The value of “rules conscious” employees is a more carefully manufactured product, a more profitable yield from the log, and a better sense of the value of the lumber being handled. This three-day workshop will include a… 

Feb 29, 2016

May 2016 Graduates Looking for Full-Time Employment: Summer Interns Available

NC State University’s Sustainable Materials and Technology (SMT) program (formerly the Wood Products program) is part of the Forest Biomaterials Department.  SMT is an applied material science and engineering program focused on the economic, environmental, and social attributes of renewable materials (of which wood is the premier sustainable material). Our program provides specialized training and hands… 

Jan 27, 2016

NC State announces Dry Kiln Operator’s Workshop to be held in May

ANNUAL HARDWOOD DRY KILN OPERATOR’S SHORT COURSESponsored by the Southeastern Dry Kiln ClubMay 17 – 20, 2016NC 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 kiln operators… 

Sep 14, 2015

Finding a Local Sawmill and Dry Kiln

NCSU Wood Products Extension is frequently asked if we know of a local sawmill, or a nearby custom dry kiln. The best source of information that we use comes from the website www.woodweb.com. Small sawmills and dry kiln businesses can self-list their products and services for free at that web site My colleague Harry Watt… 

Aug 17, 2015

Short Course on Dehumidification Drying of Lumber

October 8-9, 2015North Carolina State UniversityRaleigh, North Carolina Registration Deadline: Friday, October 2, 2015 (5PM EDST), limit 25 attendees. Dehumidification drying can produce high quality kiln dried lumber with a small capital investment.  This short course will provide practical knowledge about using dehumidification to produce kiln dried lumber, and the scientific background on related wood… 

Aug 7, 2015

Forest Products Manufacturing is Important to the Biobased Products Economy

Wood Products Extension collaborated with Duke University’s Center for Sustainability and Commerce and NC State’s Supply Chain Resource Cooperative to produce, “An Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry: A Report to the Congress of the United States of America.” This technical report was prepared for the US Department of Agriculture BioPreferred® program and…