Lumber grading workshop

Lumber grading focus of workshop

Anyone involved in the lumber industry who needs a basic understanding of hardwood lumber grades may benefit from a three-day Penn State Extension workshop.

“Hardwood Lumber Grading Short Course” will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Livestock Evaluation Center, 1494 W. Pine Grove Road, Pennsylvania Furnace.

This workshop is designed for graders and sawyers; those who edge or end trim lumber; lumber buyers and rough-mill managers; and sales representatives.

The course will cover the National Hardwood Lumber Association’s hardwood lumber grades and offer hands-on grading. Participants will learn:

— Rules for grading hardwood lumber.

— Steps for grading hardwood lumber.

— How to determine the surface measure of a board.

— How to use a lumber rule.

Wednesday and Thursday will consist of class instruction alternating with hands-on practice with lumber. Participants will study the hardwood lumber rules and practice using the rules on cherry, red oak, white oak, hard maple, soft maple and ash. Participants can take breaks as needed.

Organizers note that space is limited, so preregistration is required. An early bird registration fee of $350 is available through Oct. 19. After Oct. 19, the registration fee will increase to $400. The registration fee covers lunch, drinks and snacks all three days.

More information is available on the Penn State Extension website at


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