Understanding wood is an important part of being a successful woodworker. In this module, we explore what it is, how it behaves and how best to use it. Armed with this information you can make informed decisions and avoid expensive mistakes.
If you can’t tell the difference between oak, pine or walnut or have wondered why your nice new table has developed splits in the top, this is the course for you.
In the workshop, we will examine timber at close quarters using a hand lens and a microscope to reveal its structure. In this way, we can identify common timber species with a high level of accuracy.
We pay a visit to Saunders Seasonings, our favourite local timber merchant who specialises in turning trees destined for landfill into useable timber.
In addition, we spend two entertaining days in an urban woodland with conservation volunteer Tim Stevenson, studying living native trees and learning a few greenwood techniques.
The course will cover the following:
Identifying timber species
Differences between hardwoods and softwoods
Choosing suitable species for a given project
How and where to buy/obtain timber
Drying your own timber
Identifying native trees
Working with green timber and utilising its unique properties
Avoiding common mistakes
By the end of the four days, you should be able to identify the most common timber species, recognise a range of native trees, calculate how much timber you need for a given project and understand main the differences between working greenwood and seasoned timber.
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