May 20, 2021
Richmond Expo 2021
What wood is that: Wood Identification for the Professional
Is this the right wood? Having difficulty in determining what species you have actually been sent? Is that really hard maple or soft maple? Is this really cypress or a substitute? This ½ day course will focus on the tools and methods for wood identification of North American species.
We will start with an introduction to wood anatomy and the relationships of wood and water. The afternoon session will focus on simple methods of differentiating species and move into more complex methods. Participants will learn how to determine the different species in North America and will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on application of the tools and methods discussed. All materials will be provided, all you need to do is show up with enthusiasm to learn!
Where: Hilton Garden Inn Richmond International Airport. 441 International Center Drive, Sandston, VA 23150
When: Thursday May 20, 2021.
|8:00 am||Welcome and Introductions|
|8:15||Introduction to Wood Anatomy|
|Structural arrangement (planes of reference)|
|What is a hardwood/softwood|
|Grain and its influence on properties|
|Heartwood and sapwood|
|Density and specific gravity|
|Figure in Wood|
|9:00||Wood and Water|
|Moisture content defined|
|EMC, Temperature and Relative Humidity|
|Fiber saturation point|
|How and why wood shrinks and swells|
|10:15||Measuring Moisture content|
|Oven dry method|
|Moisture meter exercise|
|11:15||Coping with Wood Movement|
|Calculating shrinkage and swelling|
|How to design for wood movement|
|Wood Identification Introduction|
|1:00 pm||Introduction to wood identification|
|1:30||Hardwood anatomy and hardwood identification|
|2:45||Softwood Anatomy and hardwood identification|
|4:45||Using a microscope|
Dr. Brian Bond
Brian H. Bond, Ph.D., serves a professor and extension specialist in the area of wood products. His focus is on improving the sustainable use and manufacturing of wood products. He has fifteen years experience in wood drying, sawmill performance, and the performance of wood products (flooring, furniture, etc.). He also has an interest in training preparing students to take on leadership roles in the area of natural resources and is assistant director of the College of Natural Resources Leadership Institute. The goal of the institute is to equip students with the skills and tools needed to solve critical problems facing society in the management and utilization of our natural resources and in stewardship of the environment.
Dr. Henry Quesada
Henry works in the area of Industrial Engineering with specific interests in continuous improvement, supply chain management, international marketing, and organizational innovation. He teaches the courses SBIO 3464 Forest Products Business Systems, and SBIO 3954 Global Issues Sustainability at Virginia Tech. He is also an extension specialist supporting renewable-based industries in Virginia and beyond
Registration: Registration is $100. This include materials, and coffee breaks. Lunch will be on your own. Please follow this link to register for this workshop: https://register.ext.vt.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=1219680
Questions: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or quesada.vt.edu. You may also call to 540 231 0978.