Lumber Drying Workshop Set For August. 17-19

Todd F. Shupe, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  7/2/2005 2:52:45 AM

News Release Distributed 07/01/05

The LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Forest Products Development Center will host a comprehensive three-day lumber drying workshop Aug. 17-19 in Baton Rouge.

The workshop, "Drying Lumber For Quality and Profit," will be held at the LSU AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.

"This workshop will cover the lumber drying process from start to finish of hardwood and softwood lumber," said LSU AgCenter wood scientist Dr. Todd Shupe. "In addition, participants will gain valuable hands-on experience during the laboratory periods."

Some of the topics to be covered include wood-water relations, wood anatomy, EMC-temperature-RH, moisture meters, steam kilns and operation, kiln control principles, drying stress and degradation, statistical process control, trouble shooting, air drying and stain, and wood shrinkage.

Instructors for the workshop include LSU AgCenter faculty members Dr. Ramsay Smith, Dr. Qinglin Wu and Dr. Todd Shupe, who are assigned to the AgCenter’s Forest Products Development Center. Wu and Smith are international experts in the field of lumber drying and wood-moisture relationships.

For more information on the workshop or how to register for it, contact Shupe at (225) 578-6432 or tshupe@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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Contact: Todd Shupe at (225) 578-6432 or tshupe@agcenter.lsu.edu
Editor: Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or tmerrill@agcenter.lsu.edu

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