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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Notes from the Road (3) - Winter Logging the Pennsylvania Woods

Last week I was out showing around a VIP visitor to Penn State. Dr. Ivan Sopushynskyy is a visiting professor from the Ukrainian National Forestry University and he's here for a few months to look around and see what he can learn to enhance his research and teaching over in Ukraine.

My friend Andy Blazewicz is a consulting forester here in Central PA, and he offered to take us out to a job site. We visited a site where he's overseeing a 53-acre clearcut designed to enhance wildlife habitat and to provide hunting opportunity for the landowner. The following video gives you a sense of what it's like to be out in the woods while logging is going on. Andy talks forestry to Dr. Sopushynskyy and logger Rocky Souders tells us about his Bell harvester.



I'll post more from our travels together over the next couple of months.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Wood Science 101 (23) - How Wood is Made

I recently republished an article on the World of Wood blog that has gotten great feedback, so I thought I would pass it along to our Go Wood readers as well. Originally published in 1949 in the Bulletin of the Wood Collectors Society, it may be perhaps the simplest and therefore best narrative I've read on that miracle of nature, How Wood is Made.

Thanks again to my friends of the International Wood Collectors Society for allowing me to share this great story with all.