The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hardwood Lumber Drying

  • As the economy improves, are you ready to supply the market with the best quality kiln dried lumber?
  • Do you want to better control your drying and quality cost?
  • Can you improve and better manage your drying and lumber handling options?

Hardwood lumber drying is an art that builds on a foundation of wood science. It's a lot more complicated than it looks, and a ton of lumber value has been flushed down the toilet by seat-of-the-pants kiln operators. Every serious hardwood lumber company that I'm aware of sends their kiln operators to drying schools on a regular basis. And one of the best schools still in existence is the one taught every January by Dr. Bill Smith and his associates at the State University of New York in Syracuse.

If you're already in the hardwood industry and want to sharpen your skills, or you're thinking of getting into the custom lumber drying business (yes, there is a market for that), you should consider attending the SUNY-ESF kiln drying workshop. You can find out more about the workshop at this website, or you can call Terry Sakowski at 315/470-6817.  People can contact Dr. Smith as well by email at . 

This is a weekend-long workshop that delivers real value, both to the dry kiln operator and lumber customers. It's a great way to start out a new year.

1 comment:

Scott Hoffman said...

If you want to learn from the best, attend this class. I've known Bill, er uh, Dr. Smith for a long time and he is a good person and great instructor. We have used him as a consultant several times and find him to be very professional.

Scott Hoffman